The second boomerang: Drugs

Peter Andreas, Humberto Campodonico

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In his first televised speech to the nation on 5 September 1989, President George W. Bush declared ‘war on drugs’, or, more formally speaking, instituted the multi-billion dollar programme known as the National Drug Control Strategy. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) claims that drug use has been declining: there may once have been as many as 23 million users in 1985. According to NIDA, and contrary to received opinion, three-quarters of drug users are white; most of the rest are hispanic. A lasting solution to the drug crisis will ultimately have to be found on the demand side, but an effective supply side strategy should concentrate not on warfare and ‘eradication’ but on severing the debt-drug link. One fears that the lightning success of Operation Desert Storm may strengthen Bush’s resolve to impose a military and repressive ‘solution’ in the drug ‘war’. The US has graphically given its Andean interventions names like Operation Snowcap or Operation Blast Furnace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Debt Boomerang
Subtitle of host publicationHow Third World Debt Harms us All
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781000243901
ISBN (Print)9780367291167
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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