ERIC Number: ED408545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Drug Control: Observations on Elements of the Federal Drug Control Strategy. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
Although the United States government invests vast sums of money in the war on drugs, the availability of drugs and the number of persons using illegal drugs are still serious problems. Information that Congress can use in improving drug control strategies is provided here. Some of the report's highlights include current research on promising approaches in drug abuse prevention targeted at school-age youth, including overviews of two types of drug prevention programs. Also of concern are drug treatment strategies for cocaine addiction; three approaches to treatment are discussed here. A summary of the effectiveness of international efforts to reduce illegal drug availability is provided, with special emphasis on the reasons behind the ready availability of drugs in the United States. Efforts made by the U.S. Coast Guard and its performance measures for anti-drug activities are also outlined, as is a summary of recent research on federal drug prevention- and treatment-related efforts. Three appendices offer detailed information on the extent of the drug-use problem, drug abuse and prevention treatment, including the nature and objectives of the programs and an analysis of the Coast Guard's interdiction efforts. (RJM)
Descriptors: Cocaine, Crime Prevention, Drug Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Illegal Drug Use, Intervention, Legislation, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Substance Abuse
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each, orders for 100 or more copies mailed to single address 25% discount).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.