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Cocaine. A Trans-National Issue
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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During the last four years, the U.S. has spent some 38 billion dollars on drug treatment, education, interdiction, and assorted other counter- drug measures. Our sizeable investment notwithstanding, cocaine use continues to be one of the most intractable of our drug abuse problems. The U.S. strategy has been one of ever increasing expenditures on both the supply and demand sides of the drug equation, including use of the military. Progress, however, has been limited at best. As discussed in the following pages, the economics inherent in cocaine, not to mention the underlying and reinforcing social, political, and economic conditions of the three primary source countries Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru present obstacles far beyond the ability of the U.S. alone to overcome. In the last few years, there are signs that the cocaine epidemic is spreading to Europe, Japan, and other industrialized countries. The solution to this growing trans-national problem will ultimately require trans-national cooperation and resolve. The U.S. should play a leadership role in forging an international alliance to address this multi-faceted and complex issue. Only then, can we realistically hope to win the battle at home.
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