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Drugs And Democracy : In Search of New Directions - Edited By Geoffrey Stokes, Peter Chal A

Drugs And Democracy

In Search of New Directions

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"In 1988 the United States Congress passed laws declaring improbably that the USA would be 'drug free' by 1995.
In 1998 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs committed itself to the implausible goal of eradicating the trade in heroin and cocaine within a decade—at a time when global heroin production had trebled and global cocaine production had doubled.
Somewhere in Australia, almost every year for the past quarter-century, there has been a royal commission or other major official inquiry into the illicit drug industry.
The Australian government spends millions of dollars on attempting to control the illicit drug trade. Almost 85 per cent of these funds are allocated to law enforcement; 5 per cent goes to treatment and 10 per cent to prevention and research. Meanwhile the drug industry in Australia grows bigger and richer every year, and as a result our rates of addiction, crime and death continue to rise.
Drugs and Democracy examines Australia s unsuccessful attempts to control the illicit drug industry, and discusses how—within the confines of our liberal democratic values and culture—we could improve our strategies."

A valuable snapshot of the current state of drug policy in Australia. "Australian Book Review""

Preface
Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction: Broadening the Political Agendap. 1
The Global Heroin and Cocaine Tradep. 15
Drug Trafficking in South-East Asia: Security Issuesp. 36
Illicit Drugs in Australia: An Overviewp. 57
The History and Politics of Prohibitionp. 85
Balancing Individual Rights and Community Normsp. 100
Impacts upon Social and Political Lifep. 114
Evaluating the National Drug Strategyp. 127
The National Drug Strategy: A Safe Set of Words?p. 139
Harm Reductionp. 149
Law Enforcement and Accountabilityp. 163
Developing More Effective Responsesp. 183
Conclusionp. 201
International and Regional Control Bodiesp. 211
Selected Australian Statisticsp. 216
Referencesp. 234
Indexp. 247
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780522848915
ISBN-10: 0522848915
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th February 1996
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 21.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1