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
GOAL NUMBER TWO: REDUCE THE HARM CAUSED BY THE WAR ON DRUGS
- Commission a non-partisan panel of experts to evaluate current drug
- 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.
- Reduce crime and violence associated with the illegal drug market.
- End the racial bias in drug laws, particularly mandatory minimum
- Allow penalties to fit crimes committed, by ending mandatory sentencing
and altering sentencing guidelines.
- Reverse the trend toward cutting school budgets to invest in
- Allow doctors greater freedom in dealing with public health issues.
- Promote health services for all women, not prosecution of pregnant
- 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
- 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.