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NCJ Number: 156593 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Diplomacy and the Supply-side Strategy: A Survey of United States Practice
Journal: Vanderbilt Law Review  Volume:43  Dated:(1990)  Pages:1259-1309
Author(s): S R Murphy
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 51
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the United States drug control policy concludes that no amount of supply-side law enforcement will prevent drugs from entering the United States and that the public may have been persuaded to support militant policies by promises of an impossible achievement.
Abstract: The current policy is result-oriented and sacrifices many of the country's traditional values. The efforts to justify inappropriate means of controlling drugs by pointing to the great need for drug control should be rejected, particularly considering the disappointing results and unintended reverberations of the current law enforcement programs. During the 1990's, the United States must promote more cooperative relationships with drug-producing countries by refraining from unilateral initiatives. Moreover, supply merely responds to demand, so more resources should focus on demand-side control. Drug control policy should rest on historical lessons and realistic views of the present rather than fears, public opinion, the media, or politics. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Drug regulation; International drug law enforcement; United States of America
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