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Addressing the "WAR ON DRUGS"

Are the current laws and policies effective? Why or Why not?

How would you recommend changing current policies or laws OR create new policies/laws to combat drugs?

How would your recommended changes positively impact the war on drugs?
Are there any drawbacks to your solution?

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Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached the National Drug Control Strategy Report (2004). I hope this helps and take care.


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Addressing the "WAR ON DRUGS"

1. Are the current laws and policies effective? Why or Why not?

For the full report on current laws and policies on the War on Drugs (2004) see the National Drug Control Strategy Report (NDCS)(2004) at http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/policy/ndcs04/2004ndcs.pdf. Briefly, the laws and policies fall in three categories, which is argues to be holistic and balanced through the use of prevention, treatment and enforcement strategies:

1. Stopping use before it Starts: Education and Community Action (p. 18)
2. Healing America's Drug Users: Getting Treatment Resources where they are needed (26)
3. Disrupting the Market: Attacking the Economic Basis of the Drug Trade (38) e.g., the drug trade is a profit making business, one whose balance of costs and reward can be disrupted, damaged or even destroyed (see full discussion of how on p. 38, such as targeting the top of the trafficking pyramid, p. 41) http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/policy/ndcs04/2004ndcs.pdf.

Thus, the current (since March 2004) drug strategy of the U.S. is contained in a document called The President's National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS) (attached). There are three (3) major elements of this strategy:

1. One (1), a vast amount of effort is spent on dealing with young people (under the age of 18) who try drugs. The administration is convinced that intervening early, and hard and tough, on young people who get caught the first time experimenting with drugs, may yield some results. Hence, the emphasis is upon drug testing in schools, and catching, punishing, and exposing students who use drugs. Schools design their own programs and apply for lucrative federal grants.

2. Two (2), an increasing amount of effort is spent on expanding the country's drug treatment infrastructure (or recovery system, as the administration likes to call it). This is ...

Solution Summary

Addressing the "WAR ON DRUGS," this solution discusses if the current laws and policies are effective, including why or why not. Recommendations for changing current policies or laws or creating new policies/laws to combat drugs are also discussed, including how these changes would be expected to positively impact the war on drugs and the potential drawbacks. An article is also provided that further discusses both the successes and the need for improvement in the present system, as well as links for further research.