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Quick Fixes: U.S. Drug Policy


The U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars on the so-called War on Drugs. Today, deaths from drug overdoses and the number of drug-related emergency room visits are at record levels. On this program we take a look at whether stiff prison sentences and international drug interdiction efforts — staples of U.S. drug policy — are reducing illegal drug use in the United States. We also examine some alternatives.

Prentiss Alexander, whose son is serving a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence; Ethan Nadlemann, executive director of the Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation; Kevin Zeese, president of Common Sense for Drug Policy; Maria Chavez-King and Janine Guerriere, Harm Reduction Coalition and Training Institute; Emmanuel Saferios, Dance-Safe; Robin Clark Smith, Waldemer Jiminez, and Tom Gecewicz, Bridgeport needle exchange program; Graham Boyd, ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project; Matthew Briggs, Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation; Includes voices of President George Bush and Drug Czar John P. Walters.

For more information:

ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project
www.aclu.org/issues/drugpolicy/hmdrugpolicy.html

Harm Reduction Coalition and Training Institute
3223 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, California 94610
510-444-6969; fax: 510-444-6977
www.harmreduction.org

Bridgeport Health Department Needle Exchange Program
203-576-7679

Lindesmith Center – Drug Policy Foundation
4455 Connecticut Ave, NW, #B-500
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-537-5005; fax: 202-537-3007; dc@drugpolicy.org
www.lindesmith.org

Dance-Safe
1714 Franklin Street #100-333
Oakland, California 94712
510-834-7500; fax: 510-834-4652
www.dancesafe.org

Common Sense for Drug Policy
3220 N Street, NW, #141
Washington, D.C. 20007
703-354-5694; fax: 703-798-3698
www.csdp.org

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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