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US official preaches benefits of “drug courts” in curbing misuse

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7491.560-b (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:560
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

John Walters, director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, came to Europe last week to promote his country's “balanced strategy” of measures against drugs misuse. He used the visit to speak out against “harm reduction” policies and to warn about the long term dangers to mental health of heavy cannabis use.

Addressing a conference organised by the European parliament on European drug policy, Mr Walters pointed out that a combination of effective prevention, treatment programmes, and a clampdown on producers had led to a 17% decrease in drug use among young people in the United States since 2001.

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