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NCJ Number: 148606 Find in a Library
Title: Prohibition's Second Failure: The Quest for a Rational and Humane Drug Policy
Author(s): T R Vallance
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 183
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-94482-4
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume analyzes current drug control policies and programs with respect to their rational and effectiveness and recommends policy changes.
Abstract: The analysis focuses on the contemporary context that influences policy responses to drug issues, the costs to society of drug abuse and various drug wars, the effectiveness of current policies and the criteria for determining effectiveness, the possible consequences of intensifying the present approaches, and alternative policy proposals. The analysis concludes that the current war on drugs has had some successes in reducing drug use and making the public less interested in using drugs, but its costs seem to outweigh its benefits. It recommends a different approach, starting with relaxing controls on pain-relieving drugs and continuing with extending marijuana use in areas where it has proven therapeutic value. The author recommends a close examination of broader view of drug use as a public health issue rather than a crime problem and considers legal and constitutional issues that must be addressed in policy changes. The discussion concludes that, overall, any new policy should promise more good than harm; the costs of changing should be more than offset by reductions in the cost of continuing the old policies. Chapter notes; appended summaries of Federal drug laws, list of reform-oriented organizations, and list of studies; index; and reference lists
Main Term(s): Eyewitness memory
Index Term(s): Drug laws; Drug regulation
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