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NCJ Number: 122877 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs, Crime and Society
Corporate Author: Australia Parliamentary Joint Cmtte
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 156
Sponsoring Agency: Australia Parliamentary Joint Cmtte
Canberra A.C.T. 2600, Australia
Australian Government Publishing Service
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 644 9707
Sale Source: Australian Government Publishing Service
GPO Box 84
Canberra, ACT 2601,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report is designed to inform the community on the options available to government in the area of drug policy.
Abstract: Australia's present drug policy of prohibition is failing to achieve its objective of reducing the use and trafficking of illegal drugs in Australia. Recommendations are proposed as alternatives to the current policy. The social costs of prohibition, the scope and nature of the drug trade in Australia, and law enforcement strategies are examined. The study proposes that the Commonwealth Government improve its statistical database while evaluating existing law enforcement strategies; initiate action through the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy to ensure that data on the price, purity, and availability of drugs on the streets are scientifically collected and analyzed; set targets as indicators of the success of the latest initiatives in solving the drug trade problem; make presently illegal drugs available subject to government regulation; and ban all advertisement of alcohol and tobacco products. 3 appendixes, 45 references.
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Australia; Drug smuggling; International agreements
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