I found this so hard believe that I had to double and triple-check that I was really looking at the respected medical journal and not some fake site.
Instead, the Journal is documenting and publicizing the collateral damage of America’s globally-enforced prohibition of any and all mind-altering drugs (except alcohol and nicotine) in the face of mounting evidence of harm.
Such a sensible viewpoint/suggestion would never be published in the mainstream American medical journals – there’s way too much money being made from prohibition (by selling drugs, selling drug-tests, selling prison cells, selling recovery, selling pain patients to recovery by relabeling them as addicts, and selling out both pain patients and people with addiction to make a buck),
The war on drugs | BMJ
The war on drugs has failed and The BMJ says it’s time for doctors “to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics.”
Prohibition laws—which criminalise the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes—cost at least $100bn annually but have failed to curb either supply or demand, reduce addiction, or minimise harm.
Read more in our recent series of articles:
- Observations: Reasons for drug policy reform: people who use drugs are denied evidence based treatment
- Observations: Reasons for drug policy reform: millions of people are left with untreated pain
- Observations: Reasons for drug policy reform: prohibition enables systemic human rights abuses and undermines public health
- Editorial: The war on drugs has failed: doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform
- How changes to drug prohibition could be good for the UK—an essay by Molly Meacher and Nick Clegg
- Observations:Non-violent drug users should face no penalty—a call from the Global Commission on Drug Policy
- Feature:Doctors, their leaders, and the drug policy debate
From the archive:
- Feature: Morality and non-medical drug use
- Editorial: Drug related deaths in England and Wales
- Analysis: Mandatory addiction treatment for people who use drugs: global health and human rights analysis
- Feature: Consider legalising drugs despite UN treaties, says influential commission
- News: Drug users’ families demand end to “war on drugs”
- Editorial: What is chemsex and why does it matter?
- Personal View: Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system
- Editorial: High potency cannabis
- Feature: India’s growing problem of injecting drug misuse
- News: At least 80 people have died in Crimea since Russian law banned opioid substitutes, says UN special envoy
- Margaret McCartney: Stop playing politics with illegal drug use
- Editorial: Drug legalisation
- What Your Patient is Thinking: A voice from the streets about Spice
- Feature: Cannabis regulation: high time for change?
- Practice: If you only have a few minutes with a drug addict
- Feature: Highs and lows of drug decriminalisation
- Personal View: Should “legal highs” be regulated as medicinal products?
- Practice: Should doctors prescribe cannabinoids?
- Feature: How Ukraine is tackling Europe’s worst HIV epidemic
- Feature: Drug laws in Latin America
- Feature: Drug decriminalisation in Portugal
- Analysis: An alternative to the war on drugs
- Editorial: Evidence based policy for illicit drugs
- Analysis: Policy resistance to harm reduction for drug users and potential effect of change