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In my local paper today, there is a article that just might interest you guys.
TORONTO (CP)- The millions of dollars Ottawa spends trying to keep illicit drugs off the country's streets is having no measurable public health effect, Vancouver researchers say in a study published on tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. A Study of heroin users in Vancouver's notorious Downtown eastside showed that the biggest heroin seizure in Canadian history - 100 kilograms of heroin nabbed by police in September 2000 - didn't cause so much as a blip in the availability of the drug on the city's streets. Prices which would have soared if the drug had been in short supply, actually went down after the seizure, noted the reasearchers, who used the evidence to argue that it's time to rethink Canada's illicit drug strategy. "It's one of those things where somebody sooner or later, has to say that the emperor has no clothes, " said Dr. Martin Schechter, senior author of the paper. "And I think alot of people are waking up and realizing that the approach ot illicit drugs which has basically focused to the greatest degree on interdiction and incarceration hasn't gotten us anywhere."
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