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Authors

Kevin B. Zeese

Abstract

This Essay dispels common myths put forward by drug war advocates and describes more effective alternatives available than present policy contemplates. We all want to prevent adolescent drug abuse, protect the health and safety of the community, deny drug profits to terrorists and other criminals, and develop a drug policy that works and is based on our common humanity, as well as on research and reality, rather than myth and rhetoric. The essential paradigm shift that needs to occur is to move away from a policy dominated by law enforcement . . . and toward a policy based on public health . . . and bringing drugs within the law. Our nation needs to develop a more effective drug policy than we had in the Twentieth Century -- a sensible policy based on our shared humanity with the goals of a safer and healthier community consistent with the highest ideals of the United States.

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