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NCJ Number: 188338 Find in a Library
Title: Blueprint for a Drug-Free Future: Reducing Illegal Drug Use in the United States:
Author(s): Edmund F. McGarrell; Jason D. Hutchens
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 117
Sponsoring Agency: Hudson Institute
Indianapolis, IN 46226
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55813-089-6
Sale Source: Hudson Institute
5395 Emerson Way
Indianapolis, IN 46226
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book suggests ways to reduce illegal drug use in the United States.
Abstract: The book attempts to determine what the United States would do if it were really serious about reducing the demand for illegal drugs. It includes a series of realistic policy proposals to reduce demand in society, in schools, in the workplace, and among those ensnared in the criminal justice system. The proposals support strict but compassionate means to encourage drug users to take responsibility for their actions. The book argues that real consequences (besides incarceration) can bring about real behavior change. Further, drug testing, if coupled with performance measures and accountability, can result in significant reductions in the use of illegal drugs. The book identifies three distinct groups of users who require serious attention: chronic, hard-core users; occasional recreational drug users; and youths. The book's proposals include general efforts as well as specific proposals geared to each of the three groups. General proposals include: (1) exerting moral leadership; (2) rejecting calls for legalization and viewing critically the medical marijuana and needle exchange movements; (3) using proven public education campaigns; (4) providing results-based treatment; (5) supporting faith-based efforts to reduce drug use; and (6) requiring drug use accountability for various government benefits. Notes, figures, cases, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Behavior modification; Drug abuse education; Drug offenders; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Drug testing; Juvenile drug use; Needle/syringe exchange programs
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