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President's Drug Strategy: Two Years Later - Is It Working?

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Date Published
September 1991
226 pages
This 1991 report from the majority staffs of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the International Narcotics Control Caucus presents an analysis of the effectiveness of the second year of the President's drug control strategy.
Major findings from this 1991 report regarding the successes and failures of the second year of the President's drug control strategy are divided into seven specific areas. In law enforcement, positive signs include increased cocaine prices and decreased cocaine purities, and increased funding for Federal drug law enforcement agencies, while negative signs include decreases in the number of Federal drug prosecutors and lack of support from the Administration for State and local law enforcement. In drug treatment, while spending has increased it has not been enough to combat the increase in the number of hard-core drug addicts. In the area of education and prevention, the increase in local and State drug prevention efforts has not been matched by funding from Federal agencies to assist with these efforts. The other areas where the strategy has not produced results include interdiction and border control, international drug control, coordination and management, and assistance for the hardest hit areas. The report sites lack of coordination and funding as the primary reasons for failure in these areas. Figures and appendixes