We Have Lost the War on Drugs
The war on the drugs is failing miserably: Narcotics use rose by 35% worldwide from 1998-2008, in spite of anti-drug efforts. A new Global Commission on Drug Policy report says that that anti-drug policies have failed by encouraging organized crime, the fighting of which costs taxpayers millions of dollars and leads to thousands of deaths. The report calls for the legalization of some drugs and an end to the criminalization of drug users. Addicts need to be treated like patients, not criminals.