Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." Since that time, the country has incarcerated thousands of citizens and spent billions of dollars, and yet the drug problem rolls on. Today, the illegal drug market funds international terrorism, the horrific drug war on the Mexican border, and the senseless violence plaguing our communities, large and small. It is past time for a new direction. This book provides a drug policy framework that will choke off the revenue supporting the illegal drug market. Howard Rahtz outlines a series of drug policy steps buttressed by a historical review of drug policy measures, a review of international efforts against trafficking, and a clear understanding of the dynamics of addiction and its role in facilitating the illegal drug market.
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction by Jack W. Brown, Ph.D. Chapter 1: Drugs, Crime and Violence Chapter 2: The Illegal Drug Market Chapter 3: Learning From the Past Chapter 4: Policy Options Chapter 5: An International Perspective Chapter 6: Drug Abuse-The Damage Done Chapter 7: Addiction: The Driving Force behind the Illegal Market Chapter 8: Marijuana-The Cartel's Cash Cow Chapter 9: From Trafficking to Treatment Chapter 10:The Costs of Policy Paralysis Chapter 11: A New Direction Bibliography