Nick Clegg has declared the war on drugs unwinnable and that a fundamental rethink of current policy is needed. Speaking on a visit to Colombia, the deputy prime minister said that the UK must end the conspiracy of silence surrounding the failure of prohibition, telling the BBC "If you are anti-drugs you should be pro-reform."
The report was published in the British Medical Journal Open and drew its evidence from seven international drug surveillance systems. The report concluded:
These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.