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The RAND Drug Policy Research Center has published an Occasional Paper offering a concise, accessible, objective view of where the United States has been, now stands, and might go in the future in its long "war on drugs." The authors assess the success of drug policies to date and review possible reasons why they have not been more successful. They recommend management of the drug problem for the long term, use of different policy levers depending on the stage of the epidemic, and tolerance of cross-state policy variation.

This research brief summarizes work done for the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, a joint endeavor within RAND Health and RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment.

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