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Anti-Drug Operations, 2000s

  • By: Kathrin Ritter & Todd Moore
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

For most of the 2000s, anti-drug operations in the United States were tied to the policies of the George W. Bush administration, which began in January 2001. The overarching goal of President Bush's National Drug Control Strategy was to reduce drug use in America through a balanced approach that focused on demand and supply reduction by (1) preventing substance use before it starts; (2) treating current drug users; and (3) disrupting the market for illegal drugs. While this was the stated goal, the actual policies are not balanced and continue to place heavy emphasis on enforcement efforts.

In regard to preventing substance use, President Bush implemented and expanded several domestic policies. For example, the partnership of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse ...

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