Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Drugs and Society

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2007-10-22
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This Eighth Edition of TAKING SIDES: DRUGS AND SOCIETY presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website, www.dushkin.com/online.

Table of Contents

Drugs And Public Policy 700175
Should Laws Against Drug Use Remain Restrictive?
YES: 46795
“Legalization: Panacea or Pandora's Box,” World and I (January 2006)
NO: 46796
“Veteran Cops Against the Drug War,” World and I (January 2006)
the executive vice president of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), and Joseph Califano, founder of CASA, maintain that drug laws should remain restrictive because legalization would result in increased use, especially by children
contend that drug legalization would not eliminate drug-related violence and harms caused by drugs, Kleber and Califano
states that restrictive drug laws have been ineffective
He notes that drug use and drug addiction have increased since drug laws became more stringent
Despite the crackdown on drug use, the availability of drugs has increased while the cost of drugs has decreased
In addition, restrictive drug laws, says Gorman, are racist and endanger civil liberties. 700176
Should the United States Put More Emphasis on Stopping the Importation of Drugs?
YES: 46797 Office of National Drug Control Policy, from The National Drug Control Strategy (February 2007)
NO: 40168
“The DEA, CIA, DoD, & Narcotrafficking,” Z Magazine (July/August 2004)
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) argues that the importation of drugs must be stopped to reduce drug use and abuse
If the supply of drugs being trafficked across American borders is reduced, then there would be fewer drug-related problems
The ONDCP maintains that a coordinated international effort is needed to combat the increased production of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana
a human rights volunteer for NGO SEDEM (Seguridad en Democracia), feels that the corroboration of numerous United States with leaders in foreign governments has resulted in continued human rights abuses and has enriched those leaders in countries where the drug trade is prominent
Inouye notes that the federal government should reexamine its role of cooperation with other governments, especially those involved in the drug trade. 700177
Are Drinking Age Laws Effective?
YES: 46798
“Underage Drinking: Does Current Policy Make Sense?” Lewis and Clark Law Review (Summer 2006)
NO: 46799 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from “Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?” Alcohol Alert (January 2006)
a law professor at Marquette University, argues that laws prohibiting underage drinking have been ineffective
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who do not live at home have opportunities to drink alcohol without parental interference
In addition, this same age group has other legal rights, such as the right to marry, drive a car, or join the military
Enforcement of underage drinking laws, says McMullen, is destined for failure
The United States Department of Health and Human Services maintains that underage drinking is fraught with numerous problems ranging from motor vehicle crashes to homicide and suicide
Also, underage drinking is related to unhealthy risk-taking behaviors and poor academic performance. Rather than tol
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