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How to stop the drug wars

March 6, 2009

Mar 5th 2009
From The Economist print edition

Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution

Illustration by Noma Bar

A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.

That is the kind of promise politicians love to make. It assuages the sense of moral panic that has been the handmaiden of prohibition for a century. It is intended to reassure the parents of teenagers across the world. Yet it is a hugely irresponsible promise, because it cannot be fulfilled. (more…)


October 17, 2008


By the time Suleyman Ergun was 21 years old, he was the world’s most prolific and powerful seller of smack. Known throughout the junkie and police communities as the North London Turk, Ergun and his gang flooded Britain and Europe with heroin for five years.

For his pains, the former factory worker got mansions filled with cash and unlimited underworld cachet. At the height of his powers he was a multimillionaire and his favorite tipple was a bottle of champagne with eight grams of cocaine dumped into it. Today, he is almost penniless and lives with his mum. He’s 39. What happened?

Steve-O returns to “mental institution”

July 9, 2008

Monday July 7, 2008


Steve-O arrives at Maxim’s 2008 Hot 100 Party on May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Steve-O is back in the hospital, he reveals on his blog.

“I’ve now been clean for 115 days, and I’m, again, in a mental institution,” the Jackass star, 33, writes. “I did so much cocaine, ketamine, pcp, nitrous oxide, and all sorts of other drugs, that, quite simply, my brain is f—-d up.”

He adds that though his “cognitive skills are alright … I frequently suffer from horrible mood swings and severe depression.”

Steve-O (who was hospitalized at a mental health unit of L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in March) writes that the “medication that is prescribed to me doesn’t do the trick every day. I’m back in the looney bin trying to get that s—t right.

“The bottom line is that doing drugs f—-d my a– up, and I’m going to be paying for it for a long time, probably for the rest of my life,” he says. “Everyone’s going to make their own decisions in life, but nobody needs to make the same mistakes I made.”

Steve-O pleaded guilty to felony cocaine possession
in June and was ordered to attend rehab for two years.

The plea was part of a deal that will keep the Jackass star out of jail.