The upsurge in violence that has shaken Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the so-called drug cartels more than three years ago was entirely predictable, according to a study based on decades of scientific literature. That review, which examined more than 300 studies dating back over 20 years, found that when law enforcement cracks down on drug use and sales, violence almost always increases.
The study, "Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Review," was released Tuesday by the International Center for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), a group of experts based in Britain and Canada. The ICSDP is led by Dr. David Nutt, the former chair of the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, who was sacked last fall for his heterodox views on the Labor government's drug policies.
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