Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

ISBN-10:
1438448384
ISBN-13:
9781438448381
Pub. Date:
01/01/2014
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Revised and updated edition that analyses how the Office of National Drug Control Policy employs statistics to misleadingly claim the War on Drugs is a success.

First published in 2007, Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics critically analyzed claims made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House agency of accountability in the nation’s drug war since 1989, as found in the six editions of the annual National Drug Control Strategy between 2000 and 2005. In this revised and updated second edition of their critically acclaimed work, Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen examine seven more recent editions (2006–2012) to once again determine if ONDCP accurately and honestly presents information or intentionally distorts evidence to justify continuing the drug war. They uncover the many ways in which ONDCP manipulates statistics and visually presents that information to the public. Their analysis demonstrates a drug war that consistently fails to reduce drug use, drug fatalities, or illnesses associated with drug use; fails to provide treatment for drug-dependent users; and drives up the prices of drugs. They conclude with policy recommendations for reforming ONDCP’s use of statistics, as well as how the nation fights the war on drugs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438448381
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition

1. Introduction

2. About America’s Drug War

3. Methodology

4. Claims About Reducing Drug Use

5. Claims About Disrupting Drug Markets and Claims About Costs of Drug Abuse

6. A Fair Assessment of America’s Drug War

7. Conclusion and Policy Recommendations

Appendix
Notes
Index

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