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NCJ Number: 156638 Find in a Library
Title: Perspective on Get Tough Drug Laws
Corporate Author: Drug Abuse Council, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Abuse Council, Inc
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Drug Abuse Council, Inc
1828 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses the potential effects of enacting tougher sanctions against drug offenses; the most severe proposals would authorize life imprisonment for almost every addict.
Abstract: The specific questions examined here include whether strong criminal sanctions would reduce crime and reduce drug use, whether such sanctions would do active harm, and whether they are necessary. The research summarized here casts doubt on the assumption that tougher law enforcement will reduce drug abuse; instead, potential adverse consequences of such legislation could be an increase in the use of alcohol and barbiturates, and the introduction of new and more potent psychoactive substances. The report concludes that there are signs that current approaches are promoting some positive changes in terms of certain types of addiction and the rate of drug-related crime. Instead of abandoning these efforts, more resources should be directed toward evaluating existing programs and reallocating funds. 42 notes and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Drug laws
Index Term(s): Legislative impact
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