ERIC Number: ED420829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Illegal Drugs: What Should We Do Now? An Issue Book.
National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.; Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Increasing frustration with the illegal drug problem is fueling public discussion about the effectiveness of the nation's antidrug efforts. This document offers three choices for dealing with the drug abuse problem in the Untied States. Each choice presents "what can be done" and information "in support" and "in opposition" (choices are illustrated with multiple graphs, charts, and figures). Choice 1: "Step Up Enforcement to Finish the Job." This choice points out the effects of enforcing existing antidrug laws and proposes redoubling current efforts to keep drugs out of homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Choice 2: "Change Attitudes About Illegal Drugs." This choice assumes that government cannot significantly reduce the supply of illegal drugs, thus demand must be reduced by changing tolerant behaviors. Choice 3: "Treat Substance Abuse as an Illness." This choice approaches drug abuse as a treatable illness and illegal drugs as primarily a public health problem, therefore requiring medical, social, and legal remedies. The document concludes with a summary that addresses renovating public policy and ballots for readers to register their views. (MKA).
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.; Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United States