The global history of narcotics

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U.N. drug report finds use increasing among ’teens
By Judy Aita, USIA United Nations Correspondent. 26 June 1997. Narcotics consumption has become a truly global phenomenon. The largest market for drug abuse is the US. People that are easily hooked are younger and younger every year.
Caught in the trap of social control: Taming the addict
By Claude Olievenstein, Le Monde diplomatique, November 1997. Modern society has found a cheap way of dealing with drug addicts, using substitutes like methadone, giving them suppressants or regarding them as chronically ill, rather than as the messengers of an inadequate society. Denying the complexity of the problem may provide a quick fix, but it is folly in the longer term.
Global Drug Trade Reaches Staggering Proportions
By Thalif Deen, IPS, 2 March 1998. The globalized narcotics market is about 190 million worldwide, worth more than 400 billion dollars a year. It is larger than the oil and gas, the chemicals and pharmaceuticals business and twice as big as the motor vehicle industry. It tears apart our societies, spawns crime, spreads diseases such as AIDS, and kills our youth: our future.
The Drug War: a War on Poor, Lower Classes
By Alexander Cockburn, Los Angeles Times, Thursday 11 June 1998. Drug war politics impede public health efforts to stem the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. Human rights are violated, environmental assaults perpetrated and prisons inundated with hundreds of thousands of drug law violators.
Drug Abuse Major Challenge in 21st Century, Says Minister
By Candace Freeman, BuaNews (Praetoria), 27 June 2003. Affecting mostly the youth, drug abuse has indeed become one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. It leads to lower economic productivity. It must be integrated into an overall effort to push back poverty, to reduce unemployment and fight HIV/AIDS.