Pubdate: Fri, 20 Oct 2006
Source: Kamloops Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kamloops Daily News
Author: Robert Sharpe
Bookmark: (Harm Reduction)


Does moving drug houses from one Kamloops neighborhood to the next 
constitute drug war victory?

Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains 
constant only increase the profitability of trafficking. For 
addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate 
addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The 
drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.

The good news is that Canada has already adopted many of the 
common-sense harm-reduction interventions first pioneered in Europe. 
The bad news is that Canada's southern neighbour continues to use its 
superpower status to export a dangerous moral crusade around the globe.

The United States provides tragic examples of anti-drug strategies 
that are best avoided.

U.S. Center for Disease Control researchers estimate that 57 percent 
of AIDS cases among women and 36 percent of overall AIDS cases in the 
U.S. are linked to injection drug use or sex with partners who inject 
drugs. This easily preventable public health crisis is a direct 
result of zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean syringes.

Canada cannot afford to emulate the harm-maximization drug policies 
of the former land of the free and current record holder in citizens 

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, DC
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