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Fixing National Drug Control Policy: Principles of an Effective National Drug Policy

This 2008 Policy Brief highlights the principles of an effective national drug control policy, emphasizing the importance of research-based approaches and the need to link strategy and budget.

The Policy Brief highlights the value of domestic programs--including prevention, treatment, and domestic law enforcement--, concluding that the coming administration must rely on data and research when formulating the drug control strategy. Such an approach will likely lead to the reallocation of resources from supply reduction to demand reduction initiatives, the identification of performance measures suitable for use with a research-based strategy, and the reestablishment of surveillance systems essential to making the strategy responsive to emerging problems.

Original Publication: October 2008

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