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  Drug War Victims
Drugs, when abused, can be dangerous, but they are not nearly as lethal as the drug war itself.
When drug dealers fight it out over territory and they or their neighbors are killed in the process, it is a sympton of prohibition, much as when we suffered the scourge of alcohol prohibition many years ago.
Xavier was accidentally shot to death by officers in a pre-dawn drug raid during a gunfight with one of Xavier's relatives.
blogs.salon.com /0002762/stories/2003/08/17/drugWarVictims.html   (2608 words)

  War on Drugs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The War on Drugs is an initiative undertaken by the United States to carry out an "all-out offensive" (as President Nixon described it) against the prohibited use of certain legally controlled drugs.
The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress noted in a 1989 report that the nation's war on drugs could be considered to have started in public policy dating to November 1880, when the U.S. and China completed an agreement which prohibited the shipment of opium between the two countries.
The Drug War as a Socialist Enterprise by Milton Friedman
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/War_on_Drugs   (1077 words)

 Prohibition (drugs) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level.
Present-day attempts to enforce drug prohibition in the U.S. are frequently considered to be part of the ongoing War on Drugs instituted by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
Tolerating soft drugs also leads to a more cohesive society, where everyone is represented, even those who decide to use drugs as a recreational item, just like Heineken, a pseudo-symbol of national pride, is widely consumed and exported around the EU and the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Prohibition_(drugs)   (5458 words)

 ipedia.com: War on Drugs Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Drug use is dangerous to persons besides the user, in the rise of health care costs, violence associated with the use of drugs (1), neglect of children by drug-addicted parents, and other third party effects.
Drug use is a victimless crime and hence, is unenforceable: without a victim to report the occurrence of a crime, law enforcement personnel can not know of every individual instance of the performance of a crime; they are not able to convict the perpetrators of the crimes that they do not know occurred.
Drug use has harmful effects on third party individuals 1, such as babies born addicted to drugs 1, or traffic accidents caused by intoxication 1, 2.
www.ipedia.com /war_on_drugs.html   (5435 words)

 The War on Drugs is Lost
And the conviction that the use of certain drugs is immoral chills the ability to scrutinize rationally and to debate the effects of the drug war.
The effect of the underworld drug economy, the debasement of the rule of law, and the undermining of fundamental fairness and individual rights under the war on drugs all combine to require that the criminal prohibition against drug use and distribution be ended.
Drugs -- especially addictive, hard-core drug use -- are behind much of the crime we see on our streets today, both those crimes committed by users to finance their lifestyles and those committed by traffickers and dealers fighting for territory and turf.
www.nationalreview.com /12feb96/drug.html   (11207 words)

 War on Drugs
The war on drugs is an aberration of American justice.
We are not fighting a war on drugs, we a fighting a war against living breathing human beings that bleed red blood and feel real pain.
I might explain to you, speaking from a pragmatic position, that the war on drugs is counter-productive.
www.allrelative.org /drugwar.html   (1764 words)

 The Successes and Failures of George Bush's War on Drugs
Despite this trend, drug abuse and addiction had become a serious and dangerous problem in the 1980's, due to a rise in the popularity of casual cocaine use among the middle and upper class, and the invention of crack cocaine, a smokable, more potent form of cocaine, used primarily by poorer, drug addicted people.
Reagan felt that there were more important reasons for curbing drug use than the fact that drug kingpins were reaping such high profits; she felt that the most important reasons for fighting drugs were the destructiveness to the family, the cost to business, and the connection with crime.
The fact that New York City reverted to it proves that the war on drug use was a war fought primarily because of coercion by the federal government, a war which not all localities could afford to wage.
www.tfy.drugsense.org /tfy/bushwar.htm   (3710 words)

 Basic Facts About the War on Drugs
In a time of increasing penalties for drug use, and increasing publicity about those penalties, it seems only logical that most people would not answer this question entirely honestly, particularly if they were currently using drugs and, therefore, were acutely aware of the penalties.
Illegal drugs and violence are linked primarily through drug marketing: disputes among rival distributors, arguments and robberies involving buyers and sellers, property crimes committed to raise drug money and, more speculatively, social and economic interactions between the illegal markets and the surrounding communities.
Under the law, all drug users are drug dealers because the laws in most states state that any distribution of illegal drugs is considered a sale, regardless of whether there is a profit or monetary interest involved.
www.druglibrary.org /schaffer/library/basicfax.htm   (5432 words)

 Salon News | The war on drugs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Many blame the war on drugs for a host of societal ills, including racial profiling, violation of privacy and civil liberties and a burgeoning prison population.
But the drug war's defenders say their efforts have brought down drug abuse and the violent crime it engenders.
Presidential candidates are silent on the failure of the U.S. war on drugs.
www.salon.com /news/special/drug_war   (730 words)

 DRCNet special reports: Drug War militarization
That militarization of the war on drugs is not the solution is demonstrable by a quick look at the situation in the Andean countries where the United States has carried out a strategy of unrestricted military intervention.
The drug war cannot be won because its goals and its methods are contradictory of the underlying principles of war itself.
One of the reasons, one suspects, for the military opposition to the war on drugs is that many members of the armed forces do have a commitment to the ideals of individual liberty and constitutional rights that the United States is supposed to espouse.
www.drcnet.org /military   (7916 words)

 Bring it On! » Blog Archive » Ending the War on Drugs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Drug laws are arbitrarily applied and lacking the scientific and practical evidence necessary to back up the claims used to maintain their illegality.
While I can concede that on an individual level, drug abuse can have grave consequences for the user and their close family members, on a societal scale, drug use is of no concern to a free nation, except when it causes great harm.
The War on Drugs has proven itself to be ineffective at preventing drug use, financially unsupportable and wasteful of tax dollars, and constitutionally questionable with regards to personal freedom.
www.teambio.org /2006/12/ending-the-war-on-drugs   (1538 words)

 Human Rights Watch - Thailand - AIDS - Drugs
Drug users are projected to account for 30 percent of new HIV infections in Thailand by 2005, a higher percentage than any other group.
Throughout the war on drugs, the Thai government at the highest levels encouraged violence and discrimination against anyone suspected of using or trafficking narcotic drugs.
At the outset of the war on drugs, Prime Minister Thaksin sought to distinguish between drug users, who he said should be treated as “victims” and “patients,” and drug traffickers, who were to be harshly punished.
www.hrw.org /campaigns/aids/2004/thai.htm   (1193 words)

 War on Drugs - Salon
With much of New Orleans still uninhabitable, drug dealers are deluging neighborhoods.
The yellowing of America: Baseball to force off-field employees to fill jars to prove themselves innocent of drug use.
War on Drugs, articles 1 - 13 of 82 1 2
dir.salon.com /topics/war_on_drugs/index.html   (272 words)

 frontline: drug wars: thirty years of america's drug war | PBS
Drug use becomes representative of protest and social rebellion in the era's atmosphere of political unrest.
At a press conference Nixon names drug abuse as "public enemy number one in the United States." He announces the creation of the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention (SAODAP), to be headed by Dr.
The DEA remains the legacy of Nixon's war on drugs.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/cron   (3867 words)

 Drug Policy Alliance: What's Wrong With the Drug War?
The war on drugs has become a war on families, a war on public health and a war on our constitutional rights.
Many of the problems the drug war purports to resolve are in fact caused by the drug war itself.
Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war is worse.
www.drugpolicy.org /drugwar   (312 words)

 War on Drugs at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Arguments for the War on Drugs, in whole or in part
The use of soft drugs, such as marijuana, leads to the use of hard drugs (the Gateway Theory).
Arguments against the War on Drugs, in whole or in part
www.wiki.tatet.com /War_on_Drugs.html   (2615 words)

 Prohibition: The So-Called War on Drugs, Page One
The "war on drugs" is in part a propaganda war.  The techniques of propaganda were first raised to an art by the Bolsheviks, and were refined and used by fascists of various colors from the 1930s in Europe to present-day America.  The political scientist Leonard Schapiro, writing of Stalin, said:
The Drug War is a tool of racism, providing an excuse to disenfranchise the fl population.
The DEA is a major bureaucracy and lives from the Drug War, so it's in the interests of the DEA to keep the "drug menace" on the front burner.
www.serendipity.li /wod.html   (5253 words)

The so called "War on Drugs" is in reality a war of cultural prejudice waged primarily against the young, the poor, the non-white and the socially disaffected to the advantage of the Elected, the Corporate, the Privileged and the Few.
The damage the "War on Drugs" has done to our society is already far greater than most of us know.
I am looking primarily for information that is relevant to the history of the "war on drugs," as well as steps one can take NOW to bring it to an end.
www.lycaeum.org /drugwar   (1463 words)

 War on Drugs
It is subliminally sending the message that alcohol is not a drug and is not a part of the war on drugs.
The biggest drug problem in this country is not the illegal ones, or the money wasted enforcing laws most people do not believe in, but is a problem associated with perspiration drugs.
If illegal drugs were legal then the huge profit margin would dissolve and a large amount of the crime associated with drugs would go away.
www.newnavy.us /war-on-drugs/war-on-drugs.htm   (2041 words)

 Drug War Facts — A Project of Common Sense for Drug Policy
Drug War Facts provides reliable information with applicable citations on important public health and criminal justice issues.
Drug War Facts is sponsored by Common Sense for Drug Policy.
To the extent of its copyrights, Common Sense for Drug Policy authorizes and encourages the use and republication of some or all portions of this book.
www.drugwarfacts.org   (318 words)

 frontline: drug wars | PBS
Additional funding for "Drug Wars" is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Florence and John Schumann Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
FRONTLINE presents the first television history of America's war on drugs as told from both sides of the battlefield in a special four-hour report.
Part I recounts the origins of the anti-drug campaign, from the Nixon administration's drug control efforts to the rapid rise and fall of the Colombian drug cartels.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs   (224 words)

 Drug War Facts: Race, Prison, and the Drug Laws
Of the 250,900 state prison inmates serving time for drug offenses in 2004, 133,100 (53.05%) were fl, 50,100 (19.97%) were Hispanic, and 64,800 (25.83%) were white.
Among persons convicted of drug felonies in state courts, whites were less likely than African-Americans to be sent to prison.
Regardless of similar or equal levels of illicit drug use during pregnancy, fl women are 10 times more likely than white women to be reported to child welfare agencies for prenatal drug use.
www.drugwarfacts.org /racepris.htm   (2011 words)

 MotherJones.com -- Debt to Society
By that standard, the nationwide drug war is a failure.
A drug policy that has these questions in mind would be much more sensible, pragmatic, and cost-effective than our current one.
If we take these and other "harm reduction" approaches toward drug use, we will spend many times less what we currently spend on the drug war, and the benefit will be a society with less death, disease, crime, suffering, and imprisonment.
www.motherjones.com /news/special_reports/prisons/investment.html   (961 words)

 War On Drugs Clock
The U.S. federal government spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $600 per second.
Arrests for drug law violations in 2007 are expected to exceed the 1,678,192 arrests of 2003.
Police arrested an estimated 786,545 persons for marijuana violations in 2005, The total is the highest ever recorded by the FBI, and comprised 42.6 percent of all drug arrests in the United States.
www.drugsense.org /wodclock.htm   (270 words)

 The War on Drugs
Also see the FFF Email Update Drug War Archive for relevant news articles.
Conservative Nonsense in the War on Drugs (February 2006)
The Economics of the Drug War (April 1990)
www.fff.org /issues/drugwar.asp   (341 words)

For over 30 years the US Government has been engaged in a WAR against Americans who dare to use Marijuana.
Maximizing Harm: A book about the drug war's losers and winners
One of the absolute best, easy to read, books on the Net about the War-on-Drugs.
www.waronsomedrugs.com   (247 words)

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