OAS Suggests Drug Decriminalization Even if It Leads to Dependency, Abuse


The Organization of American States says the illegal-drug industry in North America is worth $140 billion of the annual worldwide $330 billion illegal drug trade, reports the Washington Examiner. The OAS analysis suggests that a combination of decriminalization and legalization might help change the out-of-control drug business. The organization conceded it could also lead to greater drug dependency and abuse. “This situation must be faced with greater realism and effectiveness if we want to move forward successfully,” said OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. The report said that, “Legal availability, even without lower price, will encourage experimentation. Some of those new experimenters will go on to become dependent users. Dependent users include poorer parents, students, workers, and neighbors. Thus the increase in dependency may lead to more child neglect and abuse, more children dropping out of school, increased absenteeism, and less community spirit in populations that had not been much affected previously by drug dependence.”

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