INTERNATIONAL MODELS OF DRUG CONTROL
On July 24, 1998 the Chicago Tribune quoted you as saying: "The murder rate in Holland is double that in the United States...That's drugs."
In fact, the Dutch homicide rate is only one-fourth that of the United States. The Dutch rate has never approached, much less exceeded, that of the United States.
When you claimed that the Dutch murder rate was higher, you blamed Holland's drug policies. Yet when confronted with the facts, you did not suggest that U.S. drug policies are the cause of our higher homicide rate.
The media and the public rely on your office to avoid unfounded speculation, to recognize and disseminate scientific consensus when it exists, and to provide, when available, material facts that could help us
deal realistically and effectively with our very real problems of addiction. Therefore we urge you and other national leaders to provide the news media and the public with the most accurate scientific findings
We realize that speaking forthrightly requires leadership and courage in the current ideological atmosphere but, given your distinguished record in the military, the public has reason to expect nothing less.
- Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Chair of Afro-American Studies, Harvard University
- Willie L. Brown Jr., Mayor of San Francisco
- Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Harvard
- Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Professor of Endocrinology, Arkansas Children's Hospital, former Surgeon General
- Orlando Patterson, Professor, Harvard University
- William Julius Wilson, Professor, Harvard University
- Dr. David Duncan, Clinical Associate Professor, Brown University Medical School and Chair, Council on Illicit Drugs, National Association for Public Health Policy
- Ira Glasser, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
- Rebecca Isaacs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Lindesmith Center
- Kevin Zeese, President, Common Sense for Drug Policy
- Kathleen Stoll, Center for Women's Policy Studies
- Dr. Patricia D. Hawkins, Associate Executive Director, Whitman-Walker Clinic
- Glenn C. Loury, Director, The Institute on Race and Social Division
- Ronald E. Hampton, Executive Director, National Black Police Association
- Eva Patterson, Executive Director, Layers Committee for Civil Rights
- Daniel Maccallair, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
- Pat Christen, Executive Director, SF AIDS Foundation
- Regina Aragón, Public Policy Director, SF AIDS Foundation
- Cynthia Pearson, Executive Director, National Women's Health Network
- John Cavanagh, Executive Director, Institute for Policy Studies
- Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, Co-Director, Pacific Institute for Women's Health
- Trish Moylan Torruella, Executive Director, Mothers' Voices : United to End AIDS
- Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director, AIDS Project - Los Angeles
- Duane Poe, Executive Director, Black Coalition on AIDS, Inc.
- R. Keith Stroup, Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
- Martin Waukazoo, Executive Director, Native American Health Center
- Ron Rowell, MPH, Executive Director, National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
- Loras Ojeda, Community Relations Director, Mobilization Against AIDS
- Dennis deLeon, Executive Director, Latino Commission on AIDS
- Lupe Lopez, Executive Director, People of Color Against AIDS Network
- Rob Kampia, Exectuve Director, Marijuana Policy Project
- Margaret Batchelor White, President, Black Women's Agenda, Inc.
- Dr. James T. Black, President, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles
- Luz Alvarez Martinez, Executive Director, National Latina Health Organization
- Alvan Quamina, Executive Director, African American AIDS Support Services and Survival Institute