Drug-crime crackdown seen as harmful
March 24, 2010 | The Montreal Gazette

The Conservative government’s efforts to crack down on drug crimes may do more harm than good, a recent report suggests. The study released yesterday from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS concludes that stepping up the enforcement of drug laws is unlikely to reduce gang v...

War on drugs’ backfiring badly: UBC report
March 23, 2010 | The Province

Canada’s “war on drugs” has done nothing to stop the supply of street drugs and is actually increasing drug-related violence. This is among the controversial findings of a University of BC report, to be released today in Ottawa, that has backing from “across a political spect...

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’ ...

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