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NCJ Number: 153988 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping Score: What We Are Getting for Our Federal Drug Control Dollars
Corporate Author: Drug Strategies
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY 10036
Drug Strategies
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Drug Strategies
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed to help people judge for themselves the effectiveness of Federal drug policy, this report focuses on four areas that are at the heart of public concern about drugs: illicit drug use, drug-related crime, drugs in the workplace, and the impact of drugs on health and health-care costs.
Abstract: The four topics discussed broadly embrace the 14 national drug policy goals set by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1994. Each section of this report discusses key aspects of the Nation's drug problems and reviews the combined efforts of the Clinton administration and the U.S. Congress to address these major public concerns. In addition, the report describes programs that are making a difference in reducing drug use in communities across the country. In its assessment of national drug policy to date, the report concludes that despite a massive investment of money at the Federal, State, and local levels, drug addiction, drug-related crime, and drug availability have not declined, and street prices for drugs have plummeted; moreover, drug use among youth has risen substantially for the first time in more than a decade. The public has become less concerned about the ideology of drug policy and more concerned about what works to mitigate the problem. Of critical importance is research that assesses the effectiveness of various policies and programs. Achieving any lasting reduction of drug use will require a long-term commitment to prevention, treatment, education, and research, as well as law enforcement. An objective review of the entire range of enforcement activities is needed to determine which ones produce the best results. 63 references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Drug effects; Drug law enforcement; Drug prevention programs; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment; Federal programs; Statistics; Substance abuse in the workplace
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