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Bush Administration, George H. W.

  • By: Matthew D. Phillips
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Following the presidential term of Ronald Reagan, the George H. W. Bush administration lasted from 1989 to 1993. President Bush had previously served as vice president of the United States under the Reagan administration. Serving as Reagan's vice president, Bush headed several administration task forces regarding drug smuggling and drug abuse, a heated issue during the Reagan administration. Bush had also served as a Congressman, and briefly as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), giving briefings to Jimmy Carter prior to his inauguration. His background and experience made him well-positioned to continue the nation's fight against drug abuse that was underway when he took office. Early in his term, Bush began working on task forces geared toward curtailing international drug smuggling and thereby ...

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