Breaking the Taboo is a documentary on the War on Drugs (1971-) in which countless lives have been lost or destroyed at a cost of billions of dollars. This film is narrated by Morgan Freeman and is a harrowing account of how drugs policy is enacted on the ground around the world. From the slums of Baltimore to the mountains of Afghanistan a violent campaign is being waged against the production, distribution and consumption of illegal narcotics. But when viewed in light of human rights and harm minimization the cost of the War on Drugs can be argued to outstrip the cost of addiction and health problems from taking drugs.
"The War on Drugs has failed. After 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil, all in the control of criminals. Drugs are cheaper and more available than ever before. Millions of people are in prison for drugs offences. Corruption and violence, especially in producer and transit countries, endangers democracy. Tens of thousands of people die each year in drug wars."