Drug Law Enforcement Revisited: The ‘War’ Against the War on Drugs

Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis

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From the closure of London’s nightclub Fabric to Duterte’s drug war, law enforcement has become the policy choice par excellence for drug control by stakeholders around the globe, creating a rift between theory and practice, the former vehemently dismissing most of its alleged benefits. This article provides a fresh look on the said regime, through examining its implications in the key areas of illicit drug markets, public health, and broader society. Instead of adopting a critical stance from the start, as much of the literature does, the issue is evaluated from the perspective of a focus on the logic and rationality of drug law enforcement approaches, to showcase from within how problematic the latter are. The article concludes by suggesting at least a reconceptualization of the concept, to give way to more sophisticated policies for finally tackling the issue of illegal drugs effectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-404
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Issue number3
Early online date9 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • drug policy
  • war on drugs
  • law inforcement
  • drugs
  • illicit substances


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