A report from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies that highlights the failures of the current US drug strategy in Afghanistan. The author argues that, as shown in other countries such as Turkey, Pakistan and Thailand, better governance and economic development are the key factors for successful anti-drug campaigns.
A Human Rights Watch report revealing the extent of racial disparities in the war on drugs in the US. According to arrest data obtained from the FBI, in every year from 1980 to 2007, black people were 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely than white people to be arrested on drugs charges – even though, as other reports have shown, blacks and whites engage in drug offenses at roughly comparable rates.
Taken from the first 17 countries to participate in the World Health Organization’s (WHO), World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative finds that drug use is not distributed evenly across the globe and is not purely related to drug policy. Stricter user-level drug policies did not correlate with lower levels of use.
A report by the Pew Center on the States that details how, for the first time in history, more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison, primarily as a consequence of drug law enforcement – a fact that significantly impacts state budgets without delivering a clear return on public safety.
A report from the JFA Institute highlighting the disparities in law enforcement measures. The report claims that if black people and Latinos had the same rates of incarceration as whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%.
During 2006 and 2007, several Republican members of Congress requested for the research into the fungus Mycoherbicides to be "fast-tracked", so that it could be used as an eradication method for opium and coca throughout parts of Afghanistan and Colombia. The authors emphasise the importance of a detailed, scientific investigation whilst evaluating crop control, as there are many environmental and human rights risks.