Fixing Drugs

Fixing Drugs : The Case for the Regulated Legalization of Drugs

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Fixing Drugs, how do we do it? The market for illegal drugs has been estimated by the United Nations to be worth US$400 billion a year. It is thought to be the second largest trade in the world after arms. It is big business and it is illegal. Mo Mowlam, who died last year, was responsible for co-ordinating UK drug policy in her last ministerial post. While doing this job she became convinced that the present approach adopted around the world and held in place by United Nations Conventions was wrong. Prohibition is failing, while the problems caused by drugs, both locally and globally, are getting worse. Mowlam believed strongly that only a radical solution would improve this situation. With her husband, Jon Norton, former international investment banker, they have written this provocative new book which sets out the case for the legalisation and regulation of drugs. The book moves from what the drugs are and why people take them, to the supply chain and the harm that is caused to users and the rest of society by maintaining the present regime of prohibition. In writing this book, Mowlam and Norton hope to kick start a political campaign to tackle this pressing issue. Fixing Drugs is a thoughtful, but controversial plea to all of us to address this problem seriously. The destructive impact of drugs will never be reduced unless we move on from the highly inadequate national and international policy responses in place more

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  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745636535
  • 9780745636535