From the Drug Policy Foundation-
A recent World Health Organization study on cocaine came back with these findings, inter alia,
By far the most popular use of coca products worldwide is the snorting of cocaine hydrochloride. Most participating countries and sites did not report significant cocaine-related problems among this group of users.
Health problem; from the use of legal substances, particularly alcohol and tobacco, are greater than health problems from cocaine use.
Few experts describe cocaine as invariably harmful to health. Cocaine-related problems are widely perceived to be more common and more severe for intensive, high-dosage users and very rare and much less severe for occasional, low-dosage users.
This isn’t that surprising. Coca cola anyone? Barack Obama and countless other successful individuals have used a little blow at some point in their lives (W can’t remember). Most users do not end up like Chris Rock in New Jack City. The WHO report adovcates a harm reducation approach instead of the American lock em up by the thousands approach.
Anyone care to guess how our US government reacted to this WHO report? Basically, the feds threatened to pack up their toys and leave unless WHO distances themselves from the findings and adopts our country’s cocaine hysteria propaganda.
“The United States Government considered that, if WHO activities relating to drugs failed to reinforce proven drug control approaches, funds for the relevant programmes should be curtailed. In view of the gravity of the matter, he asked the Director-General for an assurance that WHO would dissociate itself from the conclusions of the study and that, in substance abuse activities, an approach would not be adopted that could be used to justify the continued production of coca.”
The War on Drugs, where Ignorance is Strength.