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  • You can’t predict the effect that a drug can have on you—especially if it’s the first time you try it, and even if it’s a small amount or dose. Everyone's brain and body chemistry are different. Everyone's tolerance for drugs is different.
  • Using drugs can lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, and even death.
  • Drugs that are legal—prescription and over-the counter (OTC) medications—can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs. -- DEA

THE MULTI-SITE ADULT DRUG COURT EVALUATION--The Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, RTI International, and the Center for Court Innovation conducted a multi-year, process, impact, and cost-benefit evaluation of drug court impact funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The objectives of NIJ’s Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) were to evaluate the effects of drug courts on substance use, crime, and other outcomes, and to illuminate which policies and practices, and which offender attitudes, are responsible for any positive effects that were detected.

5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results: Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes

Title 21 - Food and Drugs Chapter 13 - Drug Abuse Prevention and Control

How Teens Abuse Medicine -- Understand and identify the medications that teens are abusing.

Drug Scheduling describes the basic or parent chemical but not the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be controlled substances. DOJ - DEA

Substance-abusing Women Offenders as Victims: Chronological Sequencing of Pathways Into Criminal Behavior--Alarming rates of U.S. women‘s imprisonment for drug-related offenses in the last decade generated interest in explanations of women‘s criminal behavior. These studies link experiences to outcomes such as drug abuse and criminality. Sexual and/or physical abuse and/or neglect is a key factor. This investigation explores pathway sequences among justice-involved women using childhood victimization, substance use and criminality as key variables. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Mexico’s Drug Trafficking Organizations: Source and Scope of the Rising Violence -- This comprehensive analysis covers the background on drug trafficking in Mexico, identifies active major drug trafficking organizations and their violence and compares it with violence in Colombia.

Federal Trafficking Penalties DOJ - DEA

SAMHSA's mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness.

The Higher Education Center support to institutions of higher education to address alcohol and other drug problems.

Federal Mandates for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention on Campus

Using Social Media Strategically for Effective Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence (AODV) Prevention

Common Sense for Drug Policy disseminates information on laws, policies and practices and provides assistance to individuals and organizations. CSDP supports syringe exchanges, availability of Methadone, Buprenorphine and other measures to reduce harm and restrict the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. CSDP advocates the regulation and control of marijuana similar to alcohol.

Drug War Facts -- Useful facts cited from authoritative sources.

Harm Induction vs Harm Reduction: Comparing American and British Approaches to Drug Use by Katherine Van Wormer -- America's War on Drugs inflicts harm. U.S. treatment is being challenged by the highly developed harm reduction model, in Britain. Government expenditure, spread of AIDS, criminalization of drug users, and treatment neglect are just several of the negative consequences.

Pretrial Diversion & Record Sealing: A Promising Approach to Reduce Recidivism among Substance Abusing Offenders--Pretrial diversion programs, which provide treatment and other ancillary
support, consistently demonstrate an ability to reduce recidivism for substance abusers.Rutgers

Amado Carrillo-Fuentes one of the world's most powerful drug traffickers, died in a Mexican hospital in July 1997 after undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance. Carrillo had ties to Mexico's former Commissioner of the National Institute to Combat Drugs (NICD), Gutierrez-Rebollo. His organized Juarez based crime group is associated with the Rodriguez-Orejuela organization and the Ochoa brothers, from Medellin. Carrillo's cartel was responsible for importing billions of dollars' worth of cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs into the US. Washington Post

Murder, Money, and Mexico -- Investigative report on the killings, kickbacks and possible drug connections during the administration of Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. FRONTLINE

Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, Mexico's highest ranking anti-drug official, was fired and arrested on charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for protecting a high-level Mexican drug trafficker 10 weeks after he was appointed. February 1997

Deterrence, Economics, and the Context of Drug Markets

The people, policies, and struggles behind America's 30-year battle against illegal drugs. Despite the US's multibillion dollar effort, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and other illicit drugs continue to thrive on America's streets. Drug trafficking, an integral part of the world economy, is a $300-$400 billion dollar industry globally.

Rafael Perez's testimony on police misconduct was the largest scandal in Los Angeles Police Department history. Peter J. Boyer's investigation into the LAPD is the subject of PBS's "Frontline." Streaming audio of Perez's confession.

Harsh mandatory minimum drug laws has fueled the growth of informers in the war on drugs. An investigation into how the use of informants, has become a lynchpin in prosecutorial strategy in the war on drugs. This program focuses on snitches or informers who acted as drug informants to get a reduced sentence.

The Opium Kings - Adrian Cowell's 30-year chronicle of Burma's heroin trade.

The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade by Alfred W. McCoy The first book to prove CIA and US government complicity in global drug trafficking with documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels beginning with the Cold War. This study details drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America; US involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs.

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