There has been a lack of sound economic analysis utilised by governments regarding drug policies throughout modern history. In its place, rhetoric and populism has enforced a societal norm that exacerbates the harms of drugs. This has encouraged increased punishment to drug-users from both a legal and a cultural perspective,
The general public is vastly misinformed when it comes to mental health, particularly when it comes to substance abuse and addiction. The definition has recently been updated to be defined as a brain disorder, where the brain’s reward system is distorted by repeated consumption of certain addictive substances.
Earlier this year, Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines decided to relaunch the anti-drug campaign known as “Oplan Tokhang”. The controversial anti-drug campaign is maintained by Duterte as his top priority since his leadership two years ago. Since his 2016 presidential campaign, Duterte has vowed to kill every
Depending on who you talk to, “Big Pharma” is responsible for withholding the cure to cancer, causing autism through vaccines, charging irresponsible amounts of money for drugs and, in general, being a sinister industry that only seeks to advance its own interests. Let this be clear – the pharmaceutical industry has
It is uncontroversial to say that illicit drug use poses a substantial danger to society. Thousands of deaths occur as the result of illicit drugs each year, while the massive social and emotional toll is harder to quantify. But whilst there is widespread agreement on the problem, the optimal solution