Criminalizing Drug Sellers Makes Drugs Cheaper And Deadlier, Report Says

Criminalizing Drug Sellers Makes Drugs Cheaper And Deadlier, Report Says

While politicians and authorities have promised for decades that arresting and locking up people who sell drugs would reduce the supply of such substances in communities, the opposite has actually happened, according to a new report from a leading advocacy group. “Between 1980 and 2011, increasing penalties played a significant role in raising average prison sentences for federal drug law violations by 35%,” the report, published on Tuesday by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), says. “But rather than seeing a reduction in drug use or an increase in prices over this period, drug use increased while prices fell dramatically.” And the effects of Reagan- and Clinton-era drug control policies are even worse, still, DPA argues. “When law enforcement cracks down on drug markets, suppliers have an incentive to trade in highly concentrated products, which can be more easily hidden than less potent, bulkier goods,” the report says. “This dynamic may have encouraged the introduction of fentanyl into the illegal opioid market, initiated by high-level actors at the top of the supply chain.” “Our current approach to people who sell or distribute drugs in the United States does not reduce the harms of drug use or improve public safety. It is…

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