Does the War on Drugs Need a New Strategy?


The U.S. government will spend more than $9 billion this year on the war against drugs. President Bush believes his anti-drug strategy is working and has called for a significant increase in spending next year. But critics say the administration's strategy focuses too much on law enforcement and interdiction. They believe more money should be spent on treatment and prevention of drug abuse. Others go even further. They say the only way to control drug abuse is to legalize drugs and subject them to government taxation and regulation.

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