NEW YORK, 9 May 2014 (IRIN) - What turned Guinea Bissau and other West African countries into drug-trafficking routes to Europe more than a decade ago? Why did the drug wars move from Colombia to Mexico? 

A key weapon in the arsenal of those who argue against drug prohibition policies is the “balloon effect” - the idea that if drug producers, traffickers and dealers are stopped by law enforcement agencies in one area, they will simply pop up in another place, with “no more than temporary...


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