I certainly agree with a lot of the authors views in this book in that the drug problem should be dealt with as a medical social issue rather than a criminal matter Yes, it s true that if something is in demand, the criminal fraternity will find a way to exploit it if it is driven underground This is the basis for the whole book OK.so we give everyone who wants them free prescribed drugs and this eliminates the criminal element to supply them Sounds good, but we d end up with a whole nation of drug addicts in no time So there has to be some element of forced reduction and prevention I have some experience in these matters from the 1970s to 2004, and whereas again I agree there have been elements of corruption throughout the policing of drug abuse, in no way is it as prolific, ingrained, and as far reaching as the author suggests That is just scaremongering fodder for the tabloids Many of the authors sources are drug addicts and criminals but their word is just treated as fact without any further evidence The constant repetition in every chapter about what a mess the whole country is becomes boring after a while Yes, it s bad, but not that bad.but it sells books I suppose. I don t normally leave reviews, pretty bad as I m an author too.This book, wow You could call me right wing anti pretty much everything that doesn t fit in the box of the law abiding society Judgmental of anyone that takes drugs, and that goes for my colleagues as well As medical professionals we see the consequences of drug addiction and the violence that follows it in ubiquity This book has changed my mind.I hadn t really considered that the addicts are the victims and the perpetrators of their addiction are actually at fault and changed in the law would end this over night.The author steers you through the last 60 years of drug scene and ultimately the inception of the Misuse of Drugs Act and how the police woefully equipped to deal with the drug world and everything that comes with it If you re a medical professional, you should read this book, if you re a teacher, policeman, doctor, lawyer, politician, Parent and teenager you should read this book.Thank you to the author for your candidness and no holds barred with lifting the lid of this world we prefer to shy away from, and giving me the opportunity to change my practice as a medical professional and a human being. Despite 30 years with the Met all of it front line including Brixton this book explains what I always suspected about the drug problem It is well written and very engaging I couldn t put it down Well hardly This book takes you through decades of drugs and how we came to be where we are today The book throws an intriguing light on the past legislation which has largely impacted on today s drug market and explores ways that could offer solutions without further demonising some of the most vulnerable members of our communities The book exposes the corruption in the police force, those whom we choose to allow to police by consent, enabling the exact criminal behaviours they should be working towards stopping This book is absolutely fascinating from start to finish, I ll never see the police, drug dealers and users in the same light again. The history around the multiple British drug scene is incredibly fascinating and the knee jerk reaction by the governments over the years has lead us to where we are at today.An incredible insight and probably the best book I ve ever read great work Neil and JS Thank you both for completely shifting my train of thought towards how I see users and how we can all do this better by sticking to the British values that have clearly stood the test of time. An incredible piece of work which in a just world would force policy change on its own But this isn t a just world, and Neil Woods and JS Rafaeli have produced one of the most remarkable and gripping accounts of exactly why at least when it comes to drug policy. What a one sided book the writer has a chip on his shoulder don t waist your money In this fascinating book the drugs war is seen from the viewpoint of a former undercover cop Allowing that every sentient being in the universe has its own agenda, mostly justifying itself to itself and third parties, the author achieves a good deal of distance to his subject, in a good sense of distance An insight in a world that most of us, though far too many of us will never experience. Random House presents the audiobook edition of Drug Wars by Neil Woods and J S Rafaeli, read by Neil Woods To know the true story behind a war, ask the people who fought it An observation van is running surveillance on a high level Bradford gangster Suddenly the van is surrounded by men in balaclavas and tied shut Out comes the can of petrol It is set alight, and the two cops inside barely escape with their lives This incident is never reported The gangsters clearly have informants inside the police, and alerting the public would undermine the force Everyone shrugs it off with so much money in the drugs game, corruption is part and parcel of the whole deal From the best selling author of Good Cop Bad War, Neil Woods, comes the first inside history of Britain s war on drugs told by those who were there Calling upon the gripping firsthand accounts from those on both sides of the battle the cops and the gangsters as well as Neil Woods experiences as an undercover drugs detective, Drug Wars will build a complex, authentic and terrifying picture of the reality of the drug war in Britain Beginning with the Misuse of Drugs Act in , we watch decades of violence, racial tension, organised crime and a monumental increase in addiction unfold We see the birth of rave music and dance culture and yet even tabloid hysteria And throughout, we look at the huge numbers of civilians that have fallen victim to Britain s war on drugs