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Nobel Prize economists call for end to war on drugs


Five Nobel Prize-winning economists are calling for an end to the global war on drugs and a shift over to policies that focus on public health. The economists, along with over a dozen professors and politicians, have all endorsed a report released last night by the London School of Economics and Political Science, which breaks down the successes and failures of the worldwide drug war and finds that it has had enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage. The report recommends that countries instead focus on individualized approaches to drug laws and encourages experimentation with lifting prohibitions. Mass incarcerations, corruption, violence, human rights abusesThe report details a laundry list of negative results from the war on drugs, including mass incarceration in the US, highly repressive policies in Asia, vast corruption and political destabilization in Afghanistan and West Africa, immense violence in Latin America, an HIV epidemic in Russia, an acute global shortage of pain medication and the propagation of systematic human rights abuses around the world. In part, the report finds that the drug wars failings come from its high costs for low returns and the unwillingness of countries where drugs are produced to risk their own security with enforcement efforts.

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