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Drug Legalization, Harm Reduction, and Drug Policy

Robert L. DuPont, MD; and Eric A. Voth, MD
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From the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Washington, D.C., and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas. Requests for Reprints: Eric A. Voth, MD, The International Drug Strategy Institute, 901 SW Garfield Avenue, Topeka, KS 66606. Current Author Addresses: Dr. DuPont: Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., 6191 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1995;123(6):461-465. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-123-6-199509150-00011
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The current U.S. policy options on drug use are reviewed in the context of the history of drug policy in the United States. A restrictive drug policy is a deterrent to drug use and helps reduce drug-related costs and societal problems. Although legalization or decriminalization of drugs might reduce some of the legal consequences of drug use, increased drug use would result in harmful consequences.





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