Public Policy Professor Kleiman Featured in New York Times 'Room for Debate'

Public Policy Professor Kleiman Featured in New York Times 'Room for Debate'

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Thu, 05/31/2012 - 4:36pm

Public policy professor Mark A.R. Kleiman contributed to a debate hosted on The New York Times' website regarding drug control policy in South America.

Responding to the question "Should Latin America end the war on drugs?", Kleiman argued for tougher sanctions on heavy drug users in the United States to alleviate demand, thereby helping Latin American governments extinguish drug manufacturing operations.

A drug addict "has a chance of about 4 in 5 of being clean a year from now if he’s on probation and a judge puts him on random drug testing with swift, certain and mild sanctions every time he comes up 'dirty,'" Kleiman wrote.

"Because heavy users account for most drug purchases, and most heavy users get arrested often, an aggressive testing-and-sanctions program could shrink hard-drug use in the United States – and thus the pressure on Latin America – by about half," he continued.

Kleiman, whose most recent book is Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know, edits the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis.

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Public policy professor Mark A.R. Kleiman contributed to a debate hosted on The New York Times' website regarding drug control policy in South America.