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Anti-Drug Operations, 1990s

  • By: Tiffiney Y. Barfield-Cottledge
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Between the 1960s and the 1980s the increased rates of drug use in the United States and throughout the world was seen as an epidemic. Pervasive drug use was viewed and depicted by many as a threat to national security that required action. To address the continuous increases in illegal drug production, trade, and transportation several anti-drug operations emerged in the 1990s. While anti-drug operations have been imbedded in the fabric of America for many decades, the 1990s marked increased attention to law enforcement efforts both domestically and abroad. Specifically, primary attention was placed on increasing federal funding in three major realms of anti-drug operations: increasing law enforcement efforts to address drug trafficking and use, aggressively prosecuting drug offenders, and increasing efforts internationally using both ...

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