Drug abuse epidemic

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Society
Policy issue: Crime
Description: Illegal drug use remains at a high level, causing enormous damage to society and the economy.
Symptoms: There are an estimated 30 million regular drug users; rising gang and other violence in connection with trafficking; increased crime to finance the addiction; narcotics are being used to finance terrorism.
Causes: Cultural influences; alienation and despair arising out of unsolved social problems and conflicts.
Cost of problem: Drugs cost the nation $100 billion in lost employment, prison and criminal justice expenses, and treatment programs.
Solution Components
Resources: Federal, state and local governments; law enforcement agencies; business an industry.
Goal: Reduce drug abuse by 10% annually.
Program area: Human resources development
Program-remedy: 1. Strengthen and enforce the Omnibus Drug Bill
2. Develop a coordinated attack on the drug traffic problem, using Federal, state and local government resources
3. Develop a campaign to eradicate cocaine and opium planting world-wide
4. Conduct research to identify the psychological and social roots of the drug epidemic.
Program-prevent: Economic and social development under the Common Good Covenant, to reduce alienation and despair that leads to drug abuse.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Drug abusers and their families; business and industry.

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