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NCJ Number: 159478 Find in a Library
Title: Full Tilt Towards a No-Win Vietnam War on Drugs (From Drugs and Drug Use in Society, P 330-337, 1994, Ross Coomber, ed. - See NCJ 159452)
Author(s): T Maylon
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwich University Press
Kent, DA1 1PF, England
Sale Source: Greenwich University Press
Unit 42, Dartford Trade Park
Hawley Road
Kent, DA1 1PF,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The author of this paper claims that British government antidrug policies are ineffective, increasingly curb citizens' basic freedoms, and nurture organizations which pose a fundamental threat to democratic institutions.
Abstract: Massive British media and political attention has been concentrated on cocaine. Yet, almost unnoticed, amphetamines have been one of the most widely used illicit drugs in the United Kingdom. The author calls for bringing all drug problems into comparative focus, so political hyperbole and rhetoric bear some relation to real needs. Although law enforcement efforts receive substantial funding, there is no evidence that those efforts have a significant impact on the illicit market. The drug war continues, developing ever newer weapons which inevitably erode personal freedoms. New and wider police and customs powers to search suspected traffickers' bank and personal records and government files on them override any secrecy obligations or other statutory restrictions on disclosure of information. In the face of widespread evidence that the drug war cannot be won, there is little attention paid to alternative strategies. The key to any fresh approach towards drug use and abuse is acceptance of the fact that humankind has been using an array of mind-altering substances since the dawn of civilization and is unlikely to change its ways. Emphasis should be shifted from the prevention of all drug use to the prevention of dysfunctional use and the teaching of sensible and healthful use patterns.
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Behavior patterns; Cocaine; Crack; Drug information; Drug Policy; Drug regulation; Media coverage; United Kingdom (UK)
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