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Study: War on Drugs Does More Harm than Good

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A major study out from the London School of Economics argues the War on Drugs has been a flop.

It claims the prohibition of drugs has fueled a worldwide black market worth $300 billionan economic force that can’t be stopped.

“I don’t know that you could treat it purely as a health problem, but right now we’ve been trying to treat it almost clearly as a crime problem,” says U.S. Attorney Rich Callahan in St. Louis. “Maybe there should be some blend of the two.”

He says he doesn’t think it should be called the “War on Drugs.”

“It’s no different if we have a war on crimethere’s still always going to be crime,” he says. “I don’t know that you measure success by the fact that you haven’t eradicated the problem.”

Callahan says he remembers fighting a heroin epidemic as a young prosecutor in the 1970s, and 40 years later, he’s doing the same thing again.

He says he’s open to new ideas and new approaches, but stopped short of calling for legalization.

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