development and security, increasing conflict The War on Drugs: Are we paying too high a price? The global “war on drugs ” has been fought for 50 years, without preventing the long-term trend of increasing drug supply and use. Beyond this failure, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has also identified the many serious ‘unintended negative consequences ’ of the drug war. These costs result not from drug use itself, but from choosing a punitive enforcement-led approach that, by it
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