The losing war against drugs
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Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK are one of the fastest growing youth organisations involved in student politics at the moment. SSDP UK aims to open the debate about the current drug policies enforced by governments across the world, encouraging people to support alternatives to America’s War on Drugs. Forty years after the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, SSDP UK will be hosting a European Drug Reform conference at Manchester University. There will be seminars from prominent speakers within the drugs field, workshops on how you can make a difference, and bringing together people who believe the current system has failed. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This last 50 years has seen governments across the world enforce harsher penalties for the supply and possession of illicit drugs, an increase in police powers, and strings of drug awareness campaigns all with the aim of creating a drug free world in the name of America’s War on Drugs. Not only has the War on Drugs not succeeded in its aims, but it has been counter-productive. Drug related deaths have soared, the levels of drug-use are unprecedented, and the availability of drugs is freer than ever before.
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