Drug War 

Drug War 
Posted by FoM on January 04, 2001 at 16:10:53 PT
Dr. Kim Mulvihill
Source: KRON-TV 
White House drug policy advisor Barry McCaffrey steps down from his post tomorrow, and today he released the Clinton administration's final report on anti-drug efforts. Healthbeat team doctor Kim Mulvihill reports. Barry McCaffrey says the phrase 'war on drugs' is misleading, that fighting drugs is more like fighting cancer, where prevention, treatment and research are the best weapons. His final report includes good and bad news. 
Adolescent drug use is down 21 percent in the last two years, overall drug abuse has been cut in half in the last two decades, and drug-related crimes have also plummeted according to the annual report on America's drug control strategy. It's good news according to McCaffrey but he says there's a lot of work that still must be done to fight America's drug problem. "There's five million of us, as Americans, who are chronically addicted to illegal drugs," says McCaffrey. "You know, we do huge damage to our communities, our families, our employees." He says despite the progress, the use of club drugs such as Ecstasy is rising among young people, many who mistakenly believe it's harmless. "Science-based examination suggests that this drug may have permanent impairment of neurochemical function of the brain," says McCaffrey. Critics of the 'war on drugs' maintain that for all of the statistics indicating a drop in usage, the efforts to stop drugs from coming into the country have failed. "The past two decades, three decades, have been marked by intensive enforcement and interdiction, and yet drug prices have plummeted to less than half of what they were at the time, in real dollars," says David Borden of the Drug Reform Coordination Network. McCaffrey says addressing chronic drug use takes a three pronged approach involving prevention, treatment and research, all of which require time and hard work. Source: KRON-TVAuthor: Dr. Kim MulvihillPublished: Thursday, January 4, 2001 Copyright: 2001 KRON-TV Website: Articles & Web Site:Drug Reform Coordination Network  Drug Chief Sees Big Rise in Ecstasy Use Report Details Losses in Drug Fight To Stress Continuity in Drug Report
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Comment #2 posted by Maleksalem on January 05, 2001 at 09:32:02 PT:
New Drug Czar?
I read recently that Jack Lawn, one time FBI agent and one time DEA agent is a possible nomination for the post of Drug Czar (or head of the FBI). Anyone have any feedback on that? Anyone with info on Jack? Would this be good or bad?
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Comment #1 posted by Frank on January 04, 2001 at 20:15:30 PT
Drug Czar is a Public Disgrace
"McCaffrey says addressing chronic drug use takes a three pronged approach involving prevention, treatment and research, all of which require time and hard work." This Drug Czar in nothing but a public disgrace, the only required time is time served in a prison or penitentiary. This Drug Czar no more believes in treatment for addictions than flying to the Moon. His treatment is "pop a cap in them" or send them to the “joint”.  He sounds very good in an interview; however, his policies are trash.
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