What Works: Part I—Education
If locking people up for long periods of time is not going to be sufficient to stop illicit drug use, and if we are unable to successfully interdict the flow of drugs to people who want them, then how can we address the problem? This question really has two answers, and implementing them will do more to win the war on drugs than if we redoubled or tripled the efforts at interdiction or incarceration. Even better, it will do so far more cheaply and humanely than the other strategies. This chapter is focused on education; it examines efforts to convince people not to use drugs in the first place and represents the most efficient use of money to fight the war on drugs. However, not all efforts are going to be equally effective.