Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Noble-Prize winners: End war on drugs

Five Nobel-Prize winning economists have signed onto an academic report titled "Ending the Drug wars," reported Business Insider.
The report points to a failure to stem the flow of drugs around the world in addition to other negative effects, including violence in Afghanistan and Latin America, the explosion of drug-related incarceration in the United States, and an HIV epidemic in Russia, Al Jazeera reports.
Far from winning the fight, the report says the United Nations' "one-size-fits-all approach" has instead created a $300 billion black market.
"It is time to end the 'war on drugs' and massively redirect resources towards effective evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous economic analysis," the authors write in the forward of the report. "The pursuit of a militarized and enforcement-led global 'war on drugs' strategy has produced enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage."
Signatories include Nobel Prize winners Kenneth Arrow (1972), Christopher Pissarides (2010), Thomas Schelling (2005) Vernon Smith (2002) and Oliver Williamson (2009), as well as George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg,
and former NATO and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

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