Commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, this report by the National Research Council concludes that current efforts to evaluate drug-prevention strategies should be significantly improved, as enforcement measures are often embraced without the benefit of scientific evidence indicating whether they can indeed make much of a difference, or any at all.
The DEA report on the environmental harm that toxic methamphetamine labs have on the environment. The production of methamphetamine is dangerous and there is a risk of explosion due to several of the toxic ingredients outlined in the article. For every pound of methamphetamine, five pounds of toxic waste can be produced resulting in high expenses in clean-up costs.
Written by a former lieutenant commander in the US Navy who served in the front line of the war on drugs. The war on drugs is condemned and an approach that emphasises treatment for drug dependent individuals is called for, including programmes to encourage reintegration for people imprisoned on drug related charges.
Human Rights Watch documents human rights abuses that have resulted from drug enforcement laws and finds that some governments have used the war on drugs as justification for carrying out these abuses.
This report outlines results of a fifteen year study examining the effectiveness of Vancouver's drug policies. It concludes that harm reduction methods have had a positive impact regarding health and social harms of drug use, something which the war on drugs has failed to achieve.