CODI 2015: The war on drugs is harmful

August 24, 2015 @ 3:00 pm Europe/London Timezone
‘The Stand in The Square’, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (EH2), Fringe Venue 372.
Saint Andrew's Square
Buckie, Moray AB56 1BT
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The war on drugs is harmful @lawrie_s

President Nixon declared war on public enemy number one in 1971. By 1994, drug laws resulted in the incarceration of one million Americans each year. The US now spends $50 billion annually on the war on drugs, mainly focussed on reducing supply – often through military aid. Comparatively little is spent on treatments for addicts. It was recently estimated that the legalisation of drugs would bring annual savings on enforcement and incarceration of about $41 billion, and also raise $47 billion in tax. So who, if anyone, is benefitting from the war on drugs?

Lawrie, Stephen

Professor Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Division of Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry & Neuro-Imaging and Director of PsySTAR, The University of Edinburgh

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