Publication Year

1985

Keywords

Politics, law, drug abuse, enforcement, decriminalization, alternatives

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Law | Political Science

Abstract

For decades the American people have been plagued by the problem of drug abuse. Throughout the twentieth century, we have accumulated volumes of legal measures to relieve this problem--measures which continue to guide policymaking today. Current legal sanctions represent our historical reaction to this crisis, while the continuing prevalence of drug abuse and the dismal plight of the addict testify that we have not always reacted to the problem correctly. We have perceived wrongly, and thus we have responded wrongly. We have prescribed remedies to our ills which have not, in reality, cured those ills.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Political Science

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