Pubdate: Sat, 29 Jan 2000
Source: Arizona Republic (AZ)
Copyright: 2000 The Arizona Republic
Contact:  200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Author: Mitchell Earleywine, Ph.D.
Note: "Last week's (Jan. 22) questions about the war on drugs brought a
record 161 letters."
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As an experienced drug researcher and psychologist for substance
abusers, I assure you that mountains of data and clinical experience
demonstrate that current policies are a complete failure. Simple
increases in the number of treatment centers and drug courts will not
improve the problem. New laws that will eliminate the underground
market are the only answer. It's time for all Americans to admit we've
been wrong and start moving in a new direction.

- - Mitchell Earleywine, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of
Southern California, Los Angeles
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