TLDR; drug war is bad, m'kay. At least according to the International Drug Policy Consortium report just out. http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/Shadow Report_FINAL_ENGLISH.pdf What we learn from the shadow report is compelling. Since governments started collecting data on drugs in the 1990s – based on the seizures of illegal substances, on the arrests of people who use drugs and their admission to treatment services, and on the eradication of illegal crops – the cultivation, consumption and illegal trafficking of drugs have reached record levels. Moreover, current drug policies are a serious obstacle to other social and economic objectives: progress on combating the HIV epidemic had been significant in the last 20 years, but is now stalled among people who inject drugs; prison overcrowding has worsened, with a fifth of the world’s inmates being arrested for drug-related offences and mostly for drug use alone; and the ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in millions of people murdered, disappeared, or internally displaced. As the situation stands today, the major Sustainable Development Goals that concern gender equality, the protection of the environment, socioeconomic development, and the reduction of violence and corruption will not be achieved for an important part of the population because of current drug policies.