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NCJ Number: 156584 Find in a Library
Title: United States International Drug Policy: Recent Developments and Issues
Journal: Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1990)  Pages:123-136
Author(s): R F Perl
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 14
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of recent developments in the United States drug policies notes that the core of the country's international drug policy remains a commitment to reduce the supply of illicit drugs available for use in the United States.
Abstract: Because current policy regards cocaine as the most threatening of the various illegal drugs, and since this product comes mainly from Latin America, the drug policy is directed almost exclusively toward Latin America in general and the producing nations in particular. The most recent policy changes have involved a shift in emphasis more than anything else. The focus has changed from disrupting the coca farmers and producers to disrupting the activities of drug traffickers, if possible at their major points of vulnerability. To further this goal, the United States will provide not only military assistance but also, for the first time, a economic assistance package as well. Critics suggest that this focus faces serious obstacles because of differing national perceptions and priorities, but they have not offered any promising alternative policies and programs. The overall alternative policy would be to maximize efforts to control demand in the United States while interdicting drugs at the border. Tables and notes
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Foreign policies; International drug law enforcement
Note: DCC
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