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Cocaine Cowboys -- Documentary -- Miami's drug-fueled rise and fall, focusing on the most colorful, daring, and successful survivors of that era, when tons of cocaine were distributed through Miami by the kingpins of Colombia's notorious Medellin cartel. Interviewees are Jon Roberts and Mickey Munday (who transported over $2 billion worth of cocaine into Miami) and Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, a convicted drug-trade assassin serving consecutive life terms in prison. (View it now--buy it for later).

Cocaine Cowboys 2 - Hustlin' With The Godmother -- Documentary -- Charles Cosby's life is changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco, serving time in a federal prison. Six months later, Cosby is a multi-millionaire, Blanco's lover, and the head of her $40 million a year cocaine business. He soon realizes that he's in way over his head. Known as "The Black Widow" for her propensity to permanently dispose of men she's done with, Blanco stops at nothing to ensure that Charles is faithful. (View it now--buy it for later).

Mr. Untouchable -- Documentary of a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord. Nicky Barnes, who was the most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history. (View it now--buy it for later).

Pablo Escobar: King of Coke -- Pablo Escobar ruled the Colombian Medellin Cartel with an iron fist, by murdering police officers, judges, and presidential candidates. He even blew a commercial plane out of the sky. Colombia had to get help from the US to track down and assassinate Pablo.

True Story of Killing Pablo --Documentary hosted by Mark Bowden, author of the critically-acclaimed book, Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World s Greatest Outlaw (2001). explores Escobar s criminal life and rise to power. Bowden shares revelations he uncovered during his research. Escobar's life ended when he was gunned down on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia, in 1993,

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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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Myth: Drug use can be ended by police efforts.

Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett -- Elaine Bartlett, spent sixteen years in Bedford Hills prison for selling cocaine--a first offense--under New York's Rockefeller drug laws. January 26, 2000, when Bartlett is set free and returns to New York City. At 42, she has no money, no job, no home. All she does have is a large and troubled family, including four children in a decrepit housing project on the Lower East Side. Over the next months, she clashes with her daughters, hunts for a job, visits her son and husband in prison, negotiates the rules of parole, and campaigns for the repeal of the laws that led to her long prison term.

Why Marijuana Should Be Legal by Ed Rosenthal, Steve Kubby

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
by Eric Schlosser
The underground economy comprises perhaps 10% or more of America's overall economy, and it's on the rise. Schlosser reveals the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation's largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers. All 3 industries show how the black market has burgeoned over the past 3 decades. Schlosser traces parallels between underground and over ground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new technology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets and mainstream ones, how big business profits from the underground. Schlosser illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.

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