The World’s Largest Cocaine Producing Country Has an Addiction Problem

A decade after Colombia legalized possession of 20 grams of marijuana and one gram of cocaine and heroine for private consumption, President Alvaro Uribe wants to restore total prohibition. Legalization was aimed at forcing the government to find more effective methods than law enforcement for combating drug abuse, such as education programs. However, drug use has increased by 40% in the last 10 years and it is believed to have done so because it made drugs more acceptable in a society that traditionally frowned upon them as a source of corruption and violence.
Source:Associated Press, April 5, 2004.

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