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This advertisement appeared in The New Republic in 1999.

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Latest Report Shows:
Dutch drug policy
even more effective
than previously thought!
Illegal drug use in the U.S. and the Netherlands (1997)
  EVER USED USED
PAST YEAR
USED
PAST MONTH
  USADUTCH USADUTCH USADUTCH
MARIJUANA 32.9 15.6 9.0 4.5 5.1 2.5
COCAINE 10.5 2.1 1.9 0.6 0.7 0.2
INHALANTS 5.7 0.5 1.1 0.1 0.4 Too small
to measure
HEROIN 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 Too small
to measure
Too small
to measure
Source U.S.: National Household Survey 1997 SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, Washington, DC.
Source the Netherlands: M. Abraham, P. Cohen, M. DeWinter; Licit and Illicit drug use in the Netherlands,
Center for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam.
"The Netherlands follows a strong public health approach to drug use.
The Dutch do not normally arrest people for possession or distribution of
small amounts of drugs, and even allow the sale of small amounts of
marijuana from specialized shops. In addition to our research showing
lower levels of drug use, the Netherlands' rate of incarceration is about
11% of the United States' as a result of these policies."

- Peter Cohen, Ph.D., Center for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam -
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