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NCJ Number: 136650 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs: Getting a Fix on the Problem and the Solution
Journal: Yale Law and Policy Review  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:9-35
Author(s): M H Moore
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 27
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The most important lesson to be learned from the past is that cocaine use is epidemic rather than endemic and that long-term gains can be realized by acting aggressively to stem its reach.
Abstract: The discussion evaluates the current policy debate which generally focuses on the wisdom of relying on supply reduction versus demand reduction strategies after concluding that society would not benefit from a widened legitimate access to drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Supply reduction strategies include crop eradication, drug interdiction at national borders, and the immobilization of trafficking networks whereas demand reduction approaches concentrate on treatment or prevention programs. The outcomes support some optimism in regard to demand side approaches, yet demand reduction strategies do not guarantee certain success any more than supply reduction approaches. As a means to tracking Federal priorities, the categorization of supply and demand reduction efforts proves a useful analytic device, but categorization serves to block effective governmental action if it promotes a continuing political stalemate or divides the institutions that must deal with the program. The need to mobilize quickly to limit the cocaine epidemic conflicts with the need to learn about which policies are effective and which are not. 91 footnotes
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug legalization
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