Accession Number : ADA267339

Title :   Drug Interdiction: Funding Continues to Increase but Program Effectiveness Is Unknown


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Report Date : Dec 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Although the federal agencies and the Office of National Drug Control Policy monitor drug interdiction program accomplishments and costs, they have not yet identified a good way to measure and compare the performance of different programs. The is recognized as a long-standing problem that has proven difficult to resolve. For example, while the agencies generally view increased seizures as an indicator of program success, a decrease in seizures does not necessarily mean a program is less effective than it was previously or less effective than other programs making more seizures. Such decreases may be due to a variety of factors that could be equated with a program's success, such as that the drug interdiction programs may have deterred some smugglers from bringing illegal drugs into our country and/or caused other smugglers to switch from one mode of transportation to another or to change their tactics. Because good measures of program performance have yet to be developed, it is not possible to determine accurately whether resources are being appropriately allocated to fight the drug war. Available data indicate that total drug interdiction funding has increased about 40 percent (to over $2 billion) in fiscal year 1990 over the funding that the federal agencies-Customers Service, the Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, and the Department of Defense (DOD)-- received for drug interdiction in fiscal year 1989. From fiscal years 1987 through 1989, the quantities of drugs seized by these agencies varied. For example, while the amount of marijuana seized by the Border Patrol interdiction program in 1989 was more than double that seized in 1987, the amount seized by the Coast Guard program was down about 76 percent over the same period.


Subject Categories : Pharmacology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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