ERIC Number: ED030913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Social Problems of Drug Use and Drug Policies.
The social and legal policies that control or prevent the use of mind-altering drugs are the main cause of the social problems arising from their use. The existing policies are ineffective; the wrong drugs receive the most attention and laws are directed at the wrong phase of the cycle of promotion, distribution and use. The following reforms are suggested: (1) legal penalties to control manufacturing and distributing of these drugs, (2) a ban on advertising of drugs, (3) reinstitution of probation, parole and suspended sentences for drug offenders, (4) permission for doctors to treat users, and (5) an end to the status of "crime" for using drugs. It is concluded that: (1) drug users should have available comprehensive outpatient public health programs, (2) educational programs that present the facts about and possible risks involved in using drugs should be made available to students and the public, (3) the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and other drug police agencies should be closed, and (4) we must attack the roots of drug use by improving the quality of American life and society. (Author/LS)
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Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Coll., CA.