It’s hard to change a market
This is quite possibly the DEA’s greatest success in disrupting the supply of a major illicit substance. The focus on disrupting the supply of inputs rather than of the drug itself proved extremely successful. This success was the result of a highly concentrated input supply market and consequently may be difficult to replicate for drugs with less centralized sources of supply, such as cocaine and heroin. That this massive market disruption resulted in only a temporary reduction in adverse health events and drug arrests and did not reduce property and violent crimes, is disappointing. (italics added)
So reads the conclusion to “Methamphetamine, Public Health and Crime.”
Anyone watching our 40 year futile war on drugs has to see this. But we’re locked into it for all sorts of reasons. What security measure is the best analog for this? Expensive, intrusive, and ultimately futile?
Via Marginal Revolution.