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"The mode by which the inevitable is reached is effort."
Justice Felix Frankfurter
"The use of marijuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or cocaine addiction."
The La Gardia sub-committee of New York 1944
"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."
Abraham Lincoln

Five Key Facts about UK Drug Policy

Courtesy Transform - Working for an effective drug policy

1) Prohibition costs billions each year
In 1997 the Treasury conservatively estimated that total Government drug spending was around pound;1.4 billion a year. Today's figure is much higher.

2) Rising drug use
Between 1974 and 1996 the number of notified heroin addicts increased by almost 2000% (Home Office). The UK now has the highest overall drug use in Europe (EMCDDA).

3) More drug related crime
2-300,000 illegal drug addicts commit over half of all UK property crime (worth pound;2 billion per year, Home Office) to fund their habits.

4) Increasing availability of drugs
Impressive drug seizures cannot hide the fact that drugs are cheaper and purer than ever before. In 1990 a gram of heroin cost pound;100 and was 15-20% pure. By 2000 it cost pound;60 and was 35% pure (NICS)

5) Rising profits from organised crime
Drugs are organised crime's biggest earner and the harder we crack down - the bigger the profits. The UK illegal drug market is worth pound;5-10 billion per year (Office of National Statistics, 1998) - and that's all tax free. The global illegal drugs market is worth pound;300 billion per year (Interpol)


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