Battle Strategies

Five fronts in a war of attrition

Each of America's successive wars on drugs has brought a shift of tactical emphasis and new sets of priorities for deploying resources. Richard Nixon, for example, targeted sites abroad, putting pressure on foreign countries like Turkey and Mexico to stop cultivating the seeds of poison. The new emphasis is on the war within. President Reagan is urging that employees take urine tests and that educational programs be initiated to discourage demand. Cities like New York, Boston and Miami are launching highly visible law-enforcement efforts. Here is a look at the prospects and difficulties faced on five different fronts in the war:


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