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Canada's tough stance towards illegal drugs is only increasing levels of violence in the country and isn't doing anything to stop the supply of drugs, according to a new study released by the University of British Columbia.
The report found that 87 percent of studies linked tough drug-law enforcement to increasing levels of drug-related violence.
"The gun violence that we've seen in B.C., as in Mexico and the U.S., appears to be directly attributable to drug prohibition," co-author Dr Evans Wood told the "Province Newspaper".
Prohibition "drives up the value of drugs astronomically, thereby creating lucrative markets exploited by organized crime."
Vancouver has seen a huge spike in drug-related violence since the national government launched its National Anti-Drug Strategy last year.
Woods notes that the violence can be attributed to a "power vacuum created by the removal of key players from the illicit-drug market by law enforcement".
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