War on drugs’ backfiring badly: UBC report

published on March 23, 2010

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 spectrum . . . including high-profile conservatives.”

UBC’s Urban Health Research Initiative reviewed international research and found that “87 per cent of the studies linked strict drug-law enforcement to increasing levels of drug-market violence.”

Says report co-author Dr. Evan Wood: “The gun violence that we’ve seen in BC, as in Mexico and the U.S., appears to be directly attributable to drug prohibition.” … More >>