The war on drugs has become a war against us
March 23, 2010 | The Vancouver Sun

By Peter McKnight When former U.S. president Richard Nixon first used the term “war on drugs” in 1969, it was a mere metaphor. While the term referred to a number of measures ostensibly designed to combat illicit drug use, it in no way signified a real war. It does now. From Colombia to ...

More policing worsens drug violence: Study
March 23, 2010 | The National Post

In Canadian cities like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, one of the most pressing priorities for police is combatting an illegal drug trade that has spawned a rash of gangland violence in recent years. A provocative new report from a BC HIV-research agency, however, suggests that throwing more polic...

More cops, more violence
March 23, 2010 | Maclean's

A new report by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS says increased policing does nothing to halt the violence that follows the illegal drug trade – in fact, stepping up law enforcement tactics only increases it. According to lead researcher Dr. Evan Wood, the federal Conservatives’ ...

Crackdown leads to violence
March 23, 2010 | The Sault Star

Canada’s march to declare war on drugs flies in the face of a mounting body of research showing police crackdowns can actually boost drug-related violence, according to a new study. A report from the Urban Health Research Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS reviewed 15 inter...

Most improved (drug policy) player: The USA
March 18, 2010 | The Huffington Post

One of the thematic threads holding together the 53rd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (the CND is the UN’s global drug policy body) was the “debate” on “demand reduction.” The latter term refers to how countries go about reducing domestic illicit drug demand...

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