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The U.S. drug policy landscape : insights and opportunities for improving the view

Author: Beau Kilmer; Rand Corporation.; RAND Drug Policy Research Center.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corporation, 2012.
Series: Occasional paper (Rand Corporation), OP-393.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discussions about reducing the harms associated with drug use and antidrug policies are often politicized, infused with questionable data, and unproductive. This paper provides a nonpartisan primer that should be of interest to those who are new to the field of drug policy, as well as those who have been working in the trenches. It begins with an overview of problems and policies related to illegal drugs in the  Read more...
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Kilmer, Beau.
U.S. Drug Policy Landscape : Insights and Opportunities for Improving the View.
Santa Monica : RAND Corporation, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beau Kilmer; Rand Corporation.; RAND Drug Policy Research Center.
ISBN: 9780833077318 0833077317 9780833077332 0833077333
OCLC Number: 809933411
Notes: Title from PDF title screen (viewed on Sept. 14, 2012).
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 51 pages) : charts.
Contents: Introduction --
The drug policy landscape in the United States --
Efficacy of U.S. drug policies and programs --
The drug policy research funding landscape --
Opportunities to influence the drug policy field --
Concluding thoughts.
Series Title: Occasional paper (Rand Corporation), OP-393.
Other Titles: US drug policy landscape
United States drug policy landscape
Responsibility: Beau Kilmer [and others].

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Discussions about reducing the harms associated with drug use and antidrug policies are often politicized, infused with questionable data, and unproductive. This paper provides a nonpartisan primer that should be of interest to those who are new to the field of drug policy, as well as those who have been working in the trenches. It begins with an overview of problems and policies related to illegal drugs in the United States, including the nonmedical use of prescription drugs. It then discusses the efficacy of U.S. drug policies and programs, including long-standing issues that deserve additional attention. Next, the paper lists the major funders of research and analysis in the area and describes their priorities. By highlighting the issues that receive most of the funding, this discussion identifies where gaps remain. Comparing these needs, old and new, to the current funding patterns suggests eight opportunities to improve understanding of drug problems and drug policies in the United States: (1) sponsor young scholars and strengthen the infrastructure of the field, (2) accelerate the diffusion of good ideas and reliable information to decision-makers, (3) replicate and evaluate cutting-edge programs in an expedited fashion, (4) support nonpartisan research on marijuana policy, (5) investigate ways to reduce drug-related violence in Mexico and Central America, (6) improve understanding of the markets for diverted pharmaceuticals, (7) help build and sustain comprehensive community prevention efforts, and (8) develop more sensible sentencing policies that reduce the excessive levels of incarceration for drug offenses and address the extreme racial disparities. The document offers some specific suggestions for researchers and potential research funders in each of the eight areas.

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