Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.

American Drug Policy: The Continuing Debate

American drug policy: The continuing debate
James A.Inciardi

Concern over the use and abuse of illegal drugs remained critical throughout the 1990s. In fact, regardless of political affiliation and ideology, socioeconomic status and ethnicity, or geographical location and occupational status, most Americans continued to rank “drugs” among the major problems facing the nation for three reasons. The first was crack-cocaine and its relation to crime. Although both the use of crack and rates of violent crime had declined somewhat by the middle of the decade, the linkages between “drugs and crime” had long since become fixed in the mind of America. This was exacerbated by a continuing flow of media stories about drug abuse and the escalating numbers of drug-involved offenders ...

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