The Seven Costs

Click the image to the right to view the Seven Costs Summary Briefing.

The disastrous unintended consequences of the war on drugs are so obvious even the UN Office on Drugs and Crime – the agency which oversees the current drug control system – has been forced to acknowledge they exist. However, shockingly, neither they nor anyone else has ever properly assessed whether the costs of this war outweigh its benefits.

After more than half a century of the war on drugs, this website counts the costs it has generated. Please visit the seven cost areas listed above to learn all the ways in which the current approach to is causing harm.

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Costs by Region

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Central and South America, and Caribbean


Costs by region

Click on the map to see the costs of the war on drugs in different producer, transit and consumer countries.

China and South East Asia