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NCJ Number: 126335 Find in a Library
Title: Controlling Drug Paraphernalia (From Handbook of Drug Control in the United States, P 317-326, 1990, James A Inciardi, ed. -- See NCJ-126319)
Author(s): K M Healey
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
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P.O. Box 5007
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United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although the enactment of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Model Drug Paraphernalia Act by 38 states and the District of Columbia has significantly reduced the number of "Head shops" in operation and the ready availability of hard-core drug paraphernalia, many problems still inhibit the enforcement of anti-paraphernalia laws.
Abstract: The Model Act focuses on the intent of the paraphernalia manufacturer, seller, or user, because the objects involved may be common household items or used mainly for legal purposes. The most important factor limiting the enforcement of the paraphernalia laws is the shortage of police and prosecutorial resources. Without adequate resources, low-priority laws such as anti-paraphernalia laws are not enforced. Drug paraphernalia enforcement often receives the lowest drug enforcement priority because the investigations and prosecutions are expensive, are complex, and require special knowledge. Thus, until police and prosecutors are given resources and training to enforce all drug laws, the main purpose of drug papaphernalia laws will be to symbolize society's rejection of the drug culture. 22 reference notes
Main Term(s): Drug laws; Drug paraphernalia
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug regulation
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