A new report from the London School of Economics entitled “After The Drug Wars” has recommend a complete overhaul of the international effort against drugs. The report says that the war on drugs has been fought at a “terrible socioeconomic cost” as it prioritized prohibitionist policies, which marginalize the communities involved, over sustainable development.

The report recommends that the international community abandones prohibition and instead focus on the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the UN in 2015. It recommends focusing efforts on “public health, harm reduction of consumption and supply, access to essential medicines, and scientific experimentation with strict legal regulation”.

It also recommends that countries must realize “local realities” and instead of pushing drug control, they must prioritize policies that will most improve the human condition in local regions, particularly “health and welfare”.

The LSE report has been endorsed by five Nobel Prize Laureates and the President of Columbia. Michael Cox, the director of LSE IDEAS, highlighted Columbia as perfect example of how the war on drugs has failed. With 300,000 Columbian’s who rely on the drug trade for survival, and with no economic support, conventional methods will simply damage these communities further.