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  1. Reducing the demand for drugs in the United States is the underlying theme that drives President Obama’s Strategy to reduce the shared threat of drug use and its consequences. By aggressively working to reduce U.S. drug consumption by preventing drug use before it begins and helping Americans suffering from addiction enter treatment, we not ...

  2. Reducing the Supply of and Demand for Illicit Drugs: Strategic Approaches. Session 1 of the OSCE-wide Conference on Combating the Threat of Illicit Drugs and the Diversion of Chemical Precursors. As delivered by Foreign Affairs Officer Alan Piracha. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. U.S. Department of State.

  3. Finding: Drug abuse and addiction costs the United States $193 billion a year in preventable health care, law enforcement and addiction expenses. 1 President Obama and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have reconfigured U.S. drug policy to increa singly focus on curbing the U.S. demand for illegal drugs.

  4. Demand reduction efforts reduce the demand for illegal drugs using prevention, treatment, and research. Supply reduction makes drugs scarcer, more expensive, and less socially tolerated. For the past 40 years, US drug policy has been a balance of supply reduction (law enforcement) and demand reduction (treatment, prevention and research).

  5. This is likely due to a combination of forces: reducing drug abuse can reduce violent behavior that is caused by particular drugs, as well as property crimes like theft committed to fund an addiction.

  6. usually associated with greater effectiveness. Reducing the demand for drugs through education may be cost effective but these modest gains may take some years to materialise. In contrast, there is good evidence that reducing the demand for illicit drugs through drug dependence treatment can be effective at the individual and also the community ...

  7. ROBERT REISCHAUER, Urban Institute: (In progress)—drug treatment to reduce crime and drug use.Of course, over the last decades courts have been inundated by drug-using offenders and have turned to developing a variety of programs, from drug courts to diversion programs, that are aimed at both stopping drug use among offenders and reducing crime.

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