• Law enforcement and Australia’s 2001 heroin shortage

    Evaluating the evidence
    Kora DeBeck & Evan Wood
    International Journal of Drug Policy 19 (2008) 287–290
    February 2008

    Globally, illicit drug policy is largely based on two central policy objectives. The first is to reduce the demand for illegal drugs mainly through criminalisation, drug prevention and treatment, and the second is to reduce the supply of illegal drugs primarily through law enforcement initiatives. Supply reduction generally involves targeting the production and distribution of illegal drugs through crop eradication in drug producing countries, extensive boarder control and interdiction systems, and dismantling local and international drug distribution networks. These supply reduction measures have been found to receive the overwhelming majority of drug policy funds.

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  • Displacement of Canada’s largest public illicit drug market in response to a police crackdown

    Evan Wood, Patricia M. Spittal, Will Small, Thomas Kerr, Kathy Li, Robert S. Hogg, Mark W. Tyndall, Julio S.G. Montaner, Martin T. Schechter
    Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), 170 (10)
    May 11, 2004

    Law enforcement is often used in an effort to reduce the social, community and health-related harms of illicit drug use by injection drug users (IDUs). There are, however, few data on the benefits of such enforcement or on the potential harms. A large-scale police “crackdown” to control illicit drug use in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside provided us with an opportunity to evaluate the effect.

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