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A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs

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For nearly a century, the federal government of the United States has engaged in a variety
of activities to stem the production, distribution, and sale of illicit substances, known
collectively as the “war on drugs.” This article chronicles the war on drugs in the United
States, from its inception at the federal level, with the passage of the Harrison Act in
1914, through the major laws and policies that have been enacted since the Nixon
Administration, the first White House to declare a “war on drugs.” This paper also
examines the failings of the country’s drug policies and recommends a public health
approach to addiction that shifts the bulk of resources from supply-side to demand-side
initiatives, such as drug treatment programs, which have proven to lower drug use and to
be more cost effective than criminal justice responses to America’s drug problem.

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Rabinowitz, Mikaela. and Lurigio, Arthur. "A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307590_index.html>

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Rabinowitz, M. and Lurigio, A. J. , 2009-08-08 "A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307590_index.html

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Abstract: For nearly a century, the federal government of the United States has engaged in a variety
of activities to stem the production, distribution, and sale of illicit substances, known
collectively as the “war on drugs.” This article chronicles the war on drugs in the United
States, from its inception at the federal level, with the passage of the Harrison Act in
1914, through the major laws and policies that have been enacted since the Nixon
Administration, the first White House to declare a “war on drugs.” This paper also
examines the failings of the country’s drug policies and recommends a public health
approach to addiction that shifts the bulk of resources from supply-side to demand-side
initiatives, such as drug treatment programs, which have proven to lower drug use and to
be more cost effective than criminal justice responses to America’s drug problem.


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