As to the mechanism of why this is such a big problem, they point out that the demand for drugs must be met by criminal elements and the process is driven by enormous profits. So enormous are the profits that they can and do corrupt law enforcement officials and they lead to ruthless tactics by the drug cartels.
Schultz and Volker are not saying that legalization of drugs is the answer. However, they support open discussion and debate about the drug problem. Hopefully, this will lead to methods that will discourage drug use, reduce the size and influence of organized crime, increase the care and treatment of addicts, and attending to the negative effects on society.

Shultz and Volker suggest that we try to learn from other countries with different approaches. Also, they ask, what can we learn from the way that we now handle alcohol and cigarette consumption in the U.S. They suggest that we consider decriminalizing the use of drugs but not the production or sale of them. This could free money to pay for treatment centers. Drug users would be more likely to openly admit their need if they are not at risk of being arrested.

They conclude that for 40 years the focus has been on an unsuccessful approach and that the dangers are increasing. We should, they say, be willing to consider other solutions. They conclude with a quote from the global commission report: ‘Break the taboo on debate and reform. The time for action is now.’ click here for commentary