Ending the ‘War on Drugs’ Is Much Easier Said Than Done

Ending the ‘War on Drugs’ Is Much Easier Said Than Done
A soldier stands in a coca field during a manual eradication operation in Tumaco, southwestern Colombia, Dec. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).

The “War on Drugs” has failed. While that statement is absolutely true, it’s also a cheap applause line. Calling out the failures of the war on drugs is easy, and these days doing so generally finds widespread support. But it’s easier to criticize the current failed approach than to develop and implement alternatives.

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