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NCJ Number: 160039 Find in a Library
Title: War on Drugs Is Not Futile (From Legalizing Drugs, P 96-109, 1996, Karin L. Swisher, ed. -- See NCJ-160030)
Author(s): J Q Wilson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since the 1970's, the criminal justice system has worked hard to enforce laws against drug trafficking, sales, possession, and use and has succeeded in reducing the number of casual drug users and in preventing drug-related crime; legalizing drugs would mean giving up the struggle against the harmful effects of drugs.
Abstract: In particular, heroin use has declined in recent years but factors contributing to this decline are not totally clear. Crack is worse than heroin by almost any measure, and the effects of crack use make it clear that drug abuse is not a victimless crime. Crack causes damage to infants when used by pregnant mothers, particularly in the form of physical deformities and neurological damage. Because of their harmful effects, drugs should not be legalized. Arguments for and against drug legalization are evaluated in the context of drug treatment, the alcohol problem, and drug addiction. 1 note
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Children of drug abusers; Crack; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Drug effects; Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses; Drug offenders; Drug Policy; Drug regulation; Drug treatment; Drug use; Heroin; Pregnant drug abusers
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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