Why can't we make prohibition work better? : some consequences of ignoring the unattractive

by Peter Reuter


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Documents the punitive nature of U.S. drug policy and its limited effect on drug use, together with its side-effects of divisiveness and intrusiveness. Claims that in Europe, prohibition policies are less punitive and that drug use there is less of a problem than in America. Concludes that social factors may matter more than policy, but argues that effective policy cannot be formulated without more research on policy consequences.

Originally published in: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, v. 141, no. 3, September 1997, pp. 262-275.

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