A recent Australia Institute report found that drug strategies should be treatment-orientated so that to ease the punitive burden on users we need to discourage people from using drugs and provide those who do with effective treatment. It also found that drug law enforcement is incapable of putting a significant dent in illicit drug markets, particularly when compared to the likely patterns of drug use and harm under the treatment-focused alternatives.

Originally published by The Sydney Morning Herald on March 13, 2006

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