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NCJ Number: 159507 Find in a Library
Title: Confronting Drug Policy: Illicit Drugs in a Free Society
Editor(s): R Bayer; G M Oppenheimer
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 376
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
New York, NY 10011-4211
Publication Number: ISBN 0-521-44662-7
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
Journal Division
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The articles in this book discuss the prospects of drug decriminalization and its potential impact on public policy, law, medicine, society, and individual citizens.
Abstract: As the war on drugs has intensified, U.S. public policy has increasingly tended to view all illicit drugs as equally dangerous and possession of them an equally serious offense. Under the current regime of drug law enforcement, the Federal Government spends more on law enforcement to eliminate drug trafficking than on treatment for drug addicts; these authors question those priorities. While at its extreme, decriminalization would mean legalization of all drugs, it could also reduce the number of prosecutions for small-scale offenses. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Decriminalization; Drug law enforcement; Drug legalization
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