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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:49 PM

Forget the Propaganda -- Here's the Drug War Data That Really Matters [View all]

Forget the Propaganda -- Here's the Drug War Data That Really Matters

The New York Times recently ran a piece discrediting the government's drug war propaganda by digging into Washington's numbers game. Rather than concentrate on meaningless data like how many poppy fields are in Mexico, Washington should focus on the numbers evidencing just how badly the drug war has failed.

From the NYT:

If there is one number that embodies the seemingly intractable challenge imposed by the illegal drug trade on the relationship between the United States and Mexico, it is $177.26. That is the retail price, according to Drug Enforcement Administration data, of one gram of pure cocaine from your typical local pusher. That is 74 percent cheaper than it was 30 years ago.

This number contains pretty much all you need to evaluate the Mexican and American governments’ “war” to eradicate illegal drugs from the streets of the United States. They would do well to heed its message. What it says is that the struggle on which they have spent billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of lives over the last four decades has failed.

Similarly, king pins arrested or pounds of drugs confiscated are insignificant developments in the drug war when they fail to meet their goal-- to decrease illicit drug use in the United States: ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1019874/forget_the_propaganda_--_here%27s_the_drug_war_data_that_really_matters/

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