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    The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy

    Wonkblog
    28 May 2013
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    Law enforcement strategies have utterly failed to even maintain street prices of the key illicit substances. This figure shows that street drug prices fell by roughly a factor of five between in 1980 and 2008. Meanwhile the number of drug offenders locked up in our jails and prisons went from fewer than 42,000 in 1980 to a peak of 562,000 in 2007. We have remarkably little evidence that the billions of dollars spent on supply-side interdiction have much impact.

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    EE UU considera que es hora de acabar con la guerra contra las drogas

    23 May 2013
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    Gil Kerlikowske, el director de la Política Nacional de Control de Drogas de la Casa Blanca, ha defendido la necesidad cambiar de estrategia para lidiar con el problema de la droga en Estados Unidos. Kerlikowske ha defendido que es imperioso acabar con la cultura de la guerra contra las drogas y abordar el asunto desde una perspectiva en la que prevalezca la salud pública, primando la prevención y el tratamiento. En esta transformación, la Administración Obama está a favor de la despenalización para reducir el preocupante número de reclusos encarcelados por delitos menores relacionados con el consumo de estupefacientes.

  3. The Next Step in Drug Treatment

    Icaria Editorial
    25 April 2013
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    The mandatory-sentencing craze that drove up the prison population tenfold, pushing state corrections costs to bankrupting levels, was rooted in New York’s infamous Rockefeller drug laws. These laws, which mandated lengthy sentences for nonviolent, first-time offenders, were approved 40 years ago next month. They did little to curtail drug use in New York or in other states that mimicked them, while they filled prisons to bursting with nonviolent addicts.