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NCJ Number: 128154 Find in a Library
Title: Recent Development in the U.S. War on Drugs (From Drug Policies in Western Europe, P 409-424, 1989, Hans-Jorg Albrecht and Anton van Kalmthout, eds. See NCJ-124065)
Author(s): S Wisotsky
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Max-Planck-Institute Fur Auslandisches und Internationales Strafrecht
Freiburg Im Breisgau D-79100,
Sale Source: Max-Planck-Institute Fur Auslandisches und Internationales Strafrecht
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Freiburg Im Breisgau D-79100,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: Opinions regarding drug policy in the United States are highly polarized, with the government's "war on drugs" continuing to escalate and potentially influential commentators from different political viewpoints calling the war futile and destructive.
Abstract: The war on drugs began on October 2, 1982 with a radio speech by President Reagan. The Reagan administration mobilized Federal bureaucracies and resources in a coordinated, although futile, attack on the supply of illegal drugs, mainly cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. The government also adopted stringent, punitive measures that increased governmental powers at the expense of individual liberties and the rights of criminal defendants. In fact, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 made drug crimes among the most seriously punished offenses in the United States Criminal Code. However, respected journalists and other opinion leaders have begun to oppose the war on drugs from both liberal and conservative perspectives. Pressures against the antidrug efforts are also coming from abroad. It is not yet clear whether these pressures will affect politicians and policymaking. 40 references
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug legalization; Drug regulation
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