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Books - Winning the War on Drugs
Written by Richard Stevenson   

FOREWORD

THE AUTHORS
 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION

I. DRUG PROBLEMS: ORIGINS AND NATURE
Historical Perspective
Global Issues
Illegal Drug Use in the UK
When Is Illegal Drug Use Problematical?

II. THE UNEASY CASE FOR PROHIBITION
Paternalism
Market Failure
The Dangers of Drug Use
The Costs of Anti-Drug Law
Law Enforcement Costs
Sentencing Costs
Drug-Related Crime
Drug Use in Illegal Markets
 

III. THE FAILURE OF PROHIBITION
Supply-Side Policy, in Producer Countries
Domestic Supply-Side Policy
(a) Price Effect
(b) Quantity Effect
(c) Income Effect
Demand-Side Policy
The Time-Horizon 
 

IV. ALTERNATIVES TO THE DRUG WAR
Distinctions Between Substances
Distinctions Between Users and Dealers
Harm Reduction Policy
The Dutch System
A Return to the 'British System'?
Drug Therapy
The Inevitability of Gradualism?

V. THE CASE FOR LEGALISATION
The Benefits of Legalisation
1. Savings to the Excheque
2. Drug-Related Crime
3. Drug Users and Their Families
4. Medical Benefits
5. Social Control
6. Legal and Political Institutions

Some Objections

1. Would Legalisation Lead to an Epidemic of Drug Abuse?
2. Is Legalisation Morally Defensible?
3. Would Legalisation Seem to Condone Drug Use?
4. Would Legalisation Get Criminals Out of Drugs?
5. Could the UK Legalise Drugs Unilaterally?
6. How Do We Protect Children?

VI. LEGALISATION IN PRACTICE
A Free Market in Drugs
The Supply Side
Equilibrium in a Free Market
Regulatory Frameworks
The Regulatory Threat
Summary and Conclusion


COMMENTARIES

1. A SHORT HISTORY OF NARCOTIC ADDICTION AND THE CASE FOR REGULATED LEGALISATION
Julius Merry

Drugs as Big Business
China and the Opium Trade
Spread of Opium as a Therapeutic Agent in America
1898: Heroin Synthesised from Morphine
Growth of Drug Abuse Since 1967 Act
The 'War on Drugs'
Drug Profits and Social Attitudes
The Logic of Regulated Legalisation
US Alcohol Prohibition Legislation and the Drugs Problem

2. THE NON-CASE FOR LEGALISATION
Peter Reuter, Michael Farrell and John Strang

The Current Situation
Health and Behavioural Consequences
Predicting Change
Rush to Judgement
The Alternatives

 

QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

 

FURTHER READING

 

Our valuable member Richard Stevenson has been with us since Tuesday, 21 February 2012.

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