What Can Be Done About Drugs? Public Policy Options



This chapter seeks to provide basic information before any policy option is defined. It analyzes the social costs of drugs, the economic costs of the criminal justice system in fighting drugs, the health consequences of different drugs, the “job opportunities” for youngsters recruited from poor neighborhoods, and the public anxiety of drug trafficking. It analyzes many of the physical and psychological effects for users, from minor discomforts to serious health problems, and in some isolated cases, they may even cause death.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Latin American Studies on Insecurity & ViolenceNational University of Tres de FebreroBuenos AiresArgentina

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