A think tank called Australia21 released a report on illicit drugs in Australia earlier this week. The group is comprised of former health ministers, high ranking law enforcement officers and premiers, including Senator Bob Carr.
The report into illicit drugs states that the war on drugs has been lost in Australia and raises the issue of decriminalisation of drugs. It is expected that decriminalising drugs would save the country billions of dollars in police man-hours and the associated costs of jailing offenders. The money saved could then be invested into treatment, education, rehabilitation and harm-minimisation programs, including medically-supervised injecting rooms.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said she is not in favour of decriminalising any illegal drugs.
Is the war on drugs still worth fighting in the traditional way or does it make more sense to legalise the use of illicit drugs and control the system for harm-minimisation?
Read Drew's blog on the unwinnable war on drugs
Read more on this issue from the SMH
Find out more from Australia21 and download the report
Read about how Portugal decriminalised drugs successfully
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