Global War on Illegal Drug Market Failing: Research

Illegal-DrugAs per a research published in the journal BMJ Open, it has been unveiled that prices of drugs like heroin, cocaine and cannabis have declined significantly but average purity of the drugs has increased.

Not one but every country has been making efforts to bring a decline in the usage of the same. But it seems that the attempt is failing.

The study is based on the data of seven government-funded programmes. These programmes have assessed illegal drug market for more than 10 years. After tracking the market for so long, some of the facts were unveiled.

Prices of heroin, cocaine and cannabis have declined by 81%, 80% and 86%. Reduction in the prices has been seen from 1990 to 2007 in America. With this, it was found that purity of heroin has increased by 60%, cocaine by 11% and cannabis by 161%.

Co-author of the study, Evan Wood of the Urban Health Research Initiative was of the view, "We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts, and consider drug use a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue".

As per the United Nations, illicit drug trade is at least 350 billion US dollars and that too every year.