The Search for Rational Drug Control

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 25, 1995 - Political Science - 240 pages
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This book presents a comprehensive examination of the drug control policy process in the United States. How are policy choices identified, debated and selected? How are the consequences of governmental policy measured and evaluated? How, if at all, do we learn from our mistakes? Zimring and Hawkins present different ways of understanding American drug policy and provide a foundation for an improved policy process. They argue that protection of children and youth should shape policy toward illicit crime, with attention to the fact that youth protection objectives may limit the effectiveness of some drug controls.
 

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Contents

Ideology and policy A look at the National Drug Control Strategy
4
What is a drug? And other basic issues
22
Prohibitions and the lessons of history
45
The wrong question Critical notes on the decriminalization debate
82
The drug control policy process
111
Introduction
113
The universal proposition Children and drug control policy
115
Drug control policy and street crime
137
The federal role in a national drug strategy
158
Memorandum to a new drug czar
177
Estimates of illicit drug use a survey of methods
193
References
204
Index
213
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