In 2012 IDEAS released the Governing the Global Drug Wars Report. It represented a far reaching examination of the historical evolution of the international drug control system and discussed potential options for reform. It concluded that ‘no serious scholar questioned’ that international drug control efforts had largely failed. Further it concluded that the current strategy was making the situation worse in many important respects, ranging from human rights to socio-economic development.
Following this report, the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was created to produce a thorough and independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy. It aims to provide the hard economic evidence required by policy makers to make sound tactical and strategic decisions as they pursue a more effective approach to managing global drug issues.