CCTV’s Insight: Examining the global war on drugs

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Across the globe, countries are cracking down on drug use. In Indonesia, six people were executed earlier this year after they were caught trying to smuggle drugs into the country. Indonesian prosecutors claim the country is facing an ’emergency’ over drug use. In the US, many police officers say heroin abuse is still considered a full-blown ‘crisis’. Heroin abuse in the United States has more than doubled over the past decade.

Meanwhile the southern Indian state of Kerala has the country’s highest drinking rates and leaders are working to change those statistics by closing all the bars in the state, except for inside five-star hotels.

Insight: Examining the global war on Drugs

Insight: Examining the global war on Drugs

Across the globe, countries are cracking down on drug use. In Indonesia, six people were executed earlier this year after they were caught trying to smuggle drugs into the country. Indonesian prosecutors claim the country is facing an 'emergency' over drug use. In the US, many police officers say heroin abuse is still considered a full-blown 'crisis'.


Chinese police seize 430,000 tons of drugs, arrest 133,000

Chinese police have wrapped up what’s been called the toughest ever campaign against drug related crimes. Figures of arrests and confiscation nearly double compared to the same period last year.

CCTV News reporter Han Peng filed this report.

Chinese police seize 430,000 tons of drugs; arrest 133,000

Chinese police seize 430,000 tons of drugs; arrest 133,000

Chinese police have wrapped up what's been called the toughest ever campaign against drug related crimes. Figures of arrests and confiscation nearly double compared to the same period last year. CCTV News reporter Han Peng filed this report.


World regions face different drug-abuse problems

Drug abuse is a problem that impacts just about every corner of the globe. And different drugs are more popular than others around the world.

Cocaine is most prevalent in the Western world, such as in the United States, Western Europe and South America.

Meanwhile opiates, a class of drugs that includes heroin, is more common in the Middle East, where it is often grown in countries including Afghanistan.

At the same time, abuse of prescription opioids — medications meant to relieve pain — are only an extreme problem in the United States and somewhat of a problem in Australia.

Map of countries with a high use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS)
(Interact with map to view other drug statistics)

Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

  • The SOLUTION to the problem

    What needs to happen is that no government should govern what a person may freely put into their own bodies. It is not the place of a government to rule as such. The war on drugs was a huge farce that filled politicians pockets with money jammed our jails and prisons full of people with a “MEDICAL” issues and not “CRIMINAL” issues, and has broken apart billions of families. If you want to clean up the world of its drug problem legalize and regulate worldwide. The crime and the cartels will cease to exist. PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL BIRTHED AL CAPONE! Enter the Global Commision on Drug Policy, a group everyone should be in supoport of – http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/