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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kreit on A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

Kreit Alex Kreit (Thomas Jefferson School of Law) posted Toward a Public Health Approach to Drug Policy (Advance: The Journal of the American Constitution Society Issue Groups, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 43, 2009) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This essay argues that after nearly 40 years, "it is becoming increasingly clear that our current drug control strategy has not worked." It reaches this conclusion after discussing a variety of studies and surveys that detail the amount of money that has been spent by the United States as part of this "war," and the results with regard to drug use in general, use of drugs by young people, and the ease of obtaining drugs, particularly in comparison to other countries that have used different approaches to addressing these issues. It also discusses the significant impact that U.S. drug policy has had on the size and composition of our prison population.

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