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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 172370     Find in a Library
Title: Mistakes of the Legalizers (From Drugs: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Deregulate? P 77-79, 1998, Jeffrey A. Schaler, ed. -- See NCJ-172364)
Author(s): C Krauthammer
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 3
  Annotation: The cost to society of increased drug abuse that would result from legalization would dwarf the $8 million now allocated to the "war on drugs."
Abstract: The cost in cocaine-addicted newborns and cocaine-ravaged families, in broken homes and abused children, in traffic deaths and absenteeism, in spontaneous violence and random street crime would be immense. Whatever else it was, the prohibition of alcohol was a public health success; the incidence of cirrhosis and alcoholic psychosis declined dramatically during Prohibition. In fact, it took until 1971 for alcohol consumption to resume pre-Prohibition levels. The "legalizers" are right in arguing that the current policy of drug prohibition has not eliminated drug abuse and its attendant problems, but it is perverse to suggest that because criminalizing crack has not prevented abandoned children, the answer is to legalize crack, a sure prescription for more abandoned children. Although the current drug situation is intolerable, it could get infinitely worse; if drugs are legalized, it will.
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Drug regulation ; Drug laws ; Drug effects ; Drug Policy
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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