Comparing piracy and drug abuse is a moral judgment call. The objective fact is that IP piracy is just as financially lucrative as the drug trade in certain parts of the world. The big numbers that media outlets like to quote aren’t there yet, but consider overhead, turnover, and liquidity, and the ROI is looking pretty sweet. The Columbian cartels had standing bounties on drug sniffing dogs employed by U.S. Customs at the Port of Miami all through the 80s. It’ll be interesting to see whether Asian IP piracy begins to generate the same negative externalities as Latin American drug smuggling.