Has brute force ever worked in tackling drugs? The only thing allowing criminal gangs to operate in your area is the fact that that drugs are criminalised.
Before prohibition, before the 1910s, addicts were much more seldom, 3/4 of those few addicted were sitll able to sustain demanding jobs, and because the price of the substance they were dependent on were sold readily available this meant they needn't sell spend their months rent, or their savings and it didn't lead them to homelessness or having commit criminal offences to make up the money for their fix nor would they ever have to sell their integrity for it by means of begging, the eade of access also meant they didn't have to spend all day and their hours that could've been spent focusing on getting their life back on track following up gangster distributors to will use, manipulate and tie them into the palm of their dark and sinister hand.
In Australia they tried to crack down on drugs by making it difficult to improve drugs through customs, drugs still thrived rampant yet prices tripled.
In America they crack down on any sort of drug possession and they have the highest rate of incarceration globally and one of the lowest recovery rates.
In the Phillipines they are now executing anybody involved in the drug trade. The results of this are too early to say for sure.
During the first proclaimed war on drugs by Henry Anslinger in the years after the dialed prohibition on alcohol, both the Chinese Mafia and the Italian Mafia were paying off Anslinger's associates to speed up the process of criminalisation of drugs.... Now think about that for a second? Why would the very people these laws were oriented against be bribing politicians to put them in place to begin with? Because criminalisation makes the market exclusively theirs and right out of the hands of the people who could sell it clean of adulterants, strictly regulated, keep those addicted in regular contact with health professionals who could refer them to treatment and without the malevolence that comes hand in hand with gangs.
I will talk about solutions seen in Portugal, Switzerland and elsewhere in another post. - 16 minutes ago