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The EFFECTIVE NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY 1999

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Effective National Drug Control Strategy is based on empirical evidence and studies which show that the policies recommended will be effective. It explicitly recommends that 2/3 of the entire drug control budget should be allocated for drug treatment and prevention. There are two main goals of the Effective National Drug Control Strategy: 1) reduce the harm caused by drug abuse; 2) reduce the harm caused by existing drug control policies. Within these two main goals, there are a number of objectives. The broad thrust of the Effective Strategy is to move from a law enforcement-dominated strategy to a public health-based strategy.

GOAL NUMBER ONE: REDUCE THE HARM CAUSED BY DRUGS IN OUR SOCIETY

  • Commission a non-partisan panel of experts to evaluate current drug control policy.
  • Reduce adolescent drug use through fact-based education, prevention efforts, and supervised activity programs.
  • Reduce drug problems among all Americans with treatment, education and prevention, with special attention to the specific needs of women.
  • Reduce the spread of HIV and other communicable diseases through healthcare services for drug users.
  • Provide treatment on request as mandated by Federal law since 1988.
GOAL NUMBER TWO: REDUCE THE HARM CAUSED BY THE “WAR ON DRUGS”

  • Reduce crime and violence associated with the illegal drug market.
  • End the racial bias in drug laws, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing.
  • Allow penalties to fit crimes committed, by ending mandatory sentencing and altering sentencing guidelines.
  • Reverse the trend toward cutting school budgets to invest in prisons.
  • Allow doctors greater freedom in dealing with public health issues.
  • Promote health services for all women, not prosecution of pregnant women.
  • Enact “family value-friendly” laws which keep familial and social networks intact.
  • Stop forfeiture abuse, overzealous search and seizure practices, cruel and unusual punishment, denial of legal counsel, denial of benefits, services, and student loans.
  • Reduce corruption of government officials and law enforcement officers.
  • Prohibit the use of military forces against U.S. citizens and in domestic policing.
  • Demilitarize the border with Mexico, end the involvement of U.S. military in counter drug operations abroad, and end support for foreign operations that undermine human rights objectives.



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