Costs and Unintended consequences of drug control policies

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“One might assume that the bearers of both the intended and the unintended consequences are the drug market participants only, but this is not the case. The unintended consequences affect, to a large extent, other people, such as relatives of drug offenders, patients in need of pain relief and palliative care, and society in general.”

Unintended consequences of drug control policies

  • Health effects from restricted availability of controlled medicines
  • Health effects due to drug prohibition
  • Health effects resulting from enforcement actions
  • Effects of high profit margins and price levels of illegal drugs
  • Effects resulting from stigmatization
  • Effects of criminal records and imprisonment for drug offences

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(Study conducted by the Pompidou Group in cooperation with the EMCDDA)