February 3rd, 2015
Episode 128 of 579 episodes
Bruce Shapiro reports from the US, and Johann Hari presents a well argued case for the decriminalisation of drugs. Journalist Johann Hari spent three years travelling the world to look at the war against drugs from every possible angle. Harry Anslinger was head of the Department of Prohibition in America when he dedicated himself to the eradication of drug use. In spite of the US Supreme Court decision to allow doctors to prescribe heroin, Anslinger's Federal Bureau of Narcotics charged up to 20,000 doctors with prescribing opiates. Hari argues that what we've been told about drugs and the dangers they pose is far from comprehensive.