IDPC response to the UNODC World Drug Report 2020

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UNODC’s 2020 World Drug Report provides a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis of the current state of global drug markets, as their size, complexity and intricacy continue to grow. However, the Report can be criticised for turning a blind eye on the negative consequences of states’ drug control efforts, and for overestimating the success of law enforcement approaches.

To explore these shortcomings, this year’s critique analyses the World Drug Report’s approach to the key topic of technological innovation in drug policy, through a close reading of its sections on cryptomarkets, and on the eradication of crops destined for the illegal drug market in Colombia.

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