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NCJ Number: 200585 Find in a Library
Title: Drug War: Fantasy, Reality, and Beyond
Author(s): Timothy S. Kolly
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: McCormick Tribune Foundation
Chicago, IL 60611
Sale Source: McCormick Tribune Foundation
435 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 770
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a summary of the sessions and recommendations of the Cantigny Conference entitled, "The Drug War: Fantasy, Reality, and Beyond," in which 40 experts from the academic, legal, drug treatment, law enforcement, public advocacy, and public policy fields reached consensus on 10 points related to the fight against drug abuse.
Abstract: Conference participants agreed that adequate funding must be provided for research and its application in those areas where drug use can be effectively discouraged, particularly by youth. Participants also agreed that there must be consequences for drug-law violations, but with the recommendation that there be more flexibility in the enforcement process and in sentencing. The conference rejected the legalization or decriminalization of drug use. Conference participants recommended that there be a broader involvement of family, public health officials, and school physicians in prevention efforts, based on reliable research and information. Further, the participants emphasized the importance of a continuum of care beyond a time-limited period of structured treatment. In discussing drug dealers, the participants favored strong disincentives and sanctions for them. The overall objective must be to remove drug dealers from the streets through incarceration and/or effective individual reform programs, such as job training. The conference also favored the increased use of drug courts, with attention to adequate funding, organization support, and the recruitment and training of dedicated and talented judges. In a discussion of the characterization of drug abuse and drug trafficking, the conference opposed referring to these activities as "victimless crimes," since they involve violence and a threat to the stability and viability of community life. Conference participants recommended better use of the Internet by stakeholders in disseminating accurate information and effective messages to youth regarding the dangers of drug use. Finally, the conference recommended that in seeking solutions and formulating policies on drug abuse, there should be efforts to solicit input from more diverse elements, including community leaders, recovering addicts, and the religious community.
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Drug Courts; Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses; Drug laws; Drug legalization; Drug prevention programs; Drug research; Drug treatment; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: Cantigny Conference Series: Executive Summary
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