Accession Number : ADA322443

Title :   Drug Control: Long-Standing Problems Hinder U.S. International Efforts.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA322443

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : Illegal drug use, particularly of cocaine and heroin, continues to be a serious health problem in the United States. Under the U.S. national drug control strategy, the United States has established domestic and international efforts to reduce the supply and demand for illegal drugs. Over the past 10 years, the United States has spent about $20 billion on international drug control and interdiction efforts to reduce the illegal drug supply. At the request of the former chairman and your staff, this report summarizes the findings from our past work on international drug control and interdiction efforts and provides our overall observations on (1) the effectiveness of U.S. efforts to combat drug production and the movement of drugs into the United States, (2) obstacles to implementation of U.S. drug control efforts, and (3) suggestions to improve the operational effectiveness of the U.S. international drug control efforts. This report contains recommendations for the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDcP), and matters for congressional consideration. (See the list of related GAO products at the end of this report.)

Descriptors :   *DRUGS, *LAW ENFORCEMENT, *COCAINE, *NARCOTICS, *CRIMES, CONTROL, WARFARE, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, STRATEGY, PRODUCTION, HEALTH, INTERDICTION, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, LONG RANGE(TIME), INTERNATIONAL, SUPPLIES, COUNTERMEASURES, FEDERAL LAW, HEROIN.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Pharmacology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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