SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


Colloquium Detail

The United State's failed Drug War

Date: 3/5/2001

Joseph McNamara

In the early 1970's, then President Richard Nixon advocated a "war on drugs". The annual federal budget for such an effort was roughly $100 million. This year's annual drug war federal budget is approximately $20 billion. State and local governments spend at least an additional $20 billion a year on drug control. It is time to analyze what impact United States drug control policies have had on foreign and domestic production, use of "illicit" drugs, political stability in other nations, crime, corruption, and violence caused by the drugs and drug policies, and health consequences.

Alternatives to present policies will be considered in light of the history of the development of current drug war philosophies.

Last update: October 03, 2013