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"Drugs and Drug Policy is the product of scholarly work but comes in the form of a guidebook of answers to questions simple and complex about everything to do with the two topics. It is fit for both the policymaker and the concerned parent (how many books can this be said of?) because it combines a rigorous analytical approach to drugs without skipping over the social reasons the topic deserves to be discussed in the home. Kleiman, Caulkins and Hawken's review of the nuances of the drug issue can't help but elicit an appreciation for the variety of approaches against drug use that could supplement or substitute for our current top-down one." --Forbes.com
"Drugs and Drug Policy is a practical book which aims to debunk myths...thoughtful and clearly written." - The Economist
"A product of genius, in form and content: more than two hundred questions, all relevant and urgent, with succinct and lucid answers. When I started the book, I had strong opinions on many of the topics it covered; again and again--every time the book came into conflict with my original beliefs--the authors changed my mind. If you care about drugs, you need to read this book. If you don't, read it anyway, just to see how it's done." --Thomas Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences
"In this deceptively simple book, Mark A.R. Kleiman, Jonathan P. Caulkins, and Angela Hawken eviscerate many of the arguments behind the policies that have been the leading weapons in the war on drugs. But they also cast a skeptical eye on some shibboleths of the burgeoning drug reform movement...the authors' penetrating and nuanced critique of the growing calls for legalization is one of the highlights of the book." -- The New Republic
"This book is incredibly useful, in both format and content. It has made me more aware than ever of the extent to which people are either uninformed or misinformed about most issues having to do with drug policy, drug trafficking, and criminal activity. If Washington's political leaders, government officials, and policy analysts give the book the wide attention it deserves, we might finally begin the kind of serious, rational debate about drug issues that the US and the rest of the world desperately needs." --Peter Hakim, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue
"[The authors] ask the right questions, and their answers and discussions can benefit anyone connected to the subject-users and enforcers, policy makers and implementers, innocent bystanders and citizens...worth reading." -Tickle the Wire.com
"An easy-to-read, authoritative guide to the key issues...[The authors] aren't trying to make friends, they are trying to tell the truth as evidence or logic leads them." --Eric Sterling, President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Sterling on Justice & Drugs
"The authors are refreshingly candid about the trade-offs and limitations of drug policy, and through a series of brief answers to 143 questions, they provide a well-written and generally fair-minded summary of the vast literatures bearing on drug problems." --Health Affairs
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone with even a passing interest in drugs or drug policy should buy this book; and for policymakers involved in drug issues, this should be required reading.
Drug use often isn't a problem, per the authors. Most do so in a reasonably controlled fashion and without much harm to themselves or others. About 3 million (less than 1% of our population) consume 80% of illegal hard drugs. (It's amazing how widely applicable Pareto's Law is!) Those looking to make an impact need to focus on those users, not the 80% that use only 20%. Unfortunately, that has not been the case - more are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes, and though we spend 5X more jailing drug dealers than 30 years ago, heroin and cocaine are 80 - 90% cheaper than 30 years ago.
Alcohol kills more than all illicit drugs combined - 85,000 vs. 17,000 in 2000, per a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Alcohol also has far more addicted users.
The 'good news' is that drug consumers are not a significant part of those filling our prisons - drug dealers are. The authors suggest smarter enforcement - concentrating on violent dealers, though they reject legalization as too scary to experiment with. A Boston program promised to come down on all gang members if any utilized violence - the result was a sharp drop in homicides over a two-year period.
The authors contend that imprisoning low-value dealers is pointless - a $200 transaction can cost society $100,000 for a three-year sentence and produces large numbers emerging from prison with blighted employment prospects.Read more ›
Cheers all around!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was published in 2011 and updates the arguments (pro and con) for some form of regulated legalization. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phil DeProtine
Great overview. Most up-to-date and accurate overview of U.S. Drug policy and issues that I have read recently.Published 13 months ago by janet hill
Good book that's very informative and objective about this topic. The whole thing is organized into questions about drugs and drug policy. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Nick
Excellent book for people starting to study the world of drugs, or that want simpler explanations for such a complicated topic. Very recomendable.Published on March 13, 2014 by Luisa Sanchez Iriarte Mendoza
There is a lot of info in here. I don't necessarily agree with all of it, but much of it is thought provoking. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by my name
Kleinman claims he's all for drug policy, yet in this video he's in kahooz with drug legalizers. Kelinman's book is lacking in understanding of the recovery process and shows no... Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Alexandra D Datig