What Would It Take to Get America off Drugs?

A new book argues that the effort to cut off supply has failed. It's time to focus on the treatment and education programs that have proven power to reduce demand.

Mathea Falco's favorite image for the failure of American drug-fighting policy is the thin gray line of 10 radar balloons, each costing $20 million, that stretch across the U.S. border with Mexico. Their purpose is to spot cross- border drug flights. But there is no evidence that the balloons have led to any increase in drug seizures. Like the claims that the nation's drug problem can be solved by law enforcement, they may need to be deflated.

Falco, a drug-abuse specialist who was Jimmy Carter's Assistant Secretary of State for international narcotics matters, has written a new book, The Making of...

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