Forces of habit ‐ why it is time to reduce the harm of drug prohibition

Henry Shaftoe (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Publication date: 1 December 2005


Continuing our look at drug policy and crime, we ask just how damaging our current drug laws are? With the ever increasing and expensive fight to stop drug use by force, are we causing more harm than good, and who is paying the price? Henry Shaftoe explains why prohibition is not only dangerous but it may also be responsible for encouraging drug use among the young.


Shaftoe, H. (2005), "Forces of habit ‐ why it is time to reduce the harm of drug prohibition", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 34-37.

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