Its researchers said it was time to consider drug use a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue.
The seven drug surveillance systems the study looked at had at least 10 years of information on the price and purity of cannabis, cocaine and opiates, including heroin.
The report said street prices of drugs had fallen in real terms between 1990 and 2010, while their purity and potency had increased. BBC News
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What would you say if 10 of the top 26 pharmaceutical companies had been telling you bold faced lies about the drugs they sell you? Would you be upset? Irritated? Maybe on a good day, bemused? According to 2 papers published by one of the most prestigious medical journals – The New England Journal of Medicine – even seemingly-astronomical fines aren’t keeping Big Pharma honest.
In just the past several years, this industry has been fined more than $11 billion dollars for putting people’s health in serious detriment – but to no avail. A leopard really doesn’t change its spots.
A new study found that 57% of pharmaceutical TV ads make false or misleading claims. The US is only one of two countries in the entire world that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise drugs to consumers, but it is also the only country who has its War on Drugs. So the US allows drug companies to make false claims on TV, but it has a War on Drugs. Meanwhile more people die of overdosing from prescriptions than they do from cocaine and heroin combined. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.