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“Robert C. Davis and Arthur J. Lurigio present a balanced and reasoned review of what citizens, with the help of police and other authorities, can do to reduce drug-related crime in their neighborhoods. The message is timely, clear, helpful, and hopeful. Fighting Back successfully brings together recent and emerging research in community antidrug efforts (indigenous and implanted), police-based strategies, and civil abatement procedures. The authors examine what is and what is not working to mitigate one of America's most pressing social problems--neighborhood-based drug trafficking.” --Janice A. Roehl, Ph.D., Vice President, Institute for Social Analysis, Pacific Grove, California “Fighting Back is a delightful book and will add significantly to the field. It is the first comprehensive book that covers different strategies used to restore order and ...

Introduction
Introduction

The use of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine, became the focus of domestic public policy during the latter half of the past decade. It became difficult to switch on television or pick up a newspaper without encountering a horrific story about violence connected to the drug trade or attempts by government or citizens to fight back. The public concern spawned a federal war on drugs and significant increases in criminal justice spending at the state and local levels.

The massive amounts of government dollars spent on interdiction, apprehension, prosecution, incarceration, treatment, and public education apparently had some effect. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, use of illicit drugs has been on the decline since the mid- 1980s (see ...

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