6.1.06 - Rule of law the police have to follow the laws as...

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Rule of law: the police have to follow the laws as well. Here, our desire to protect our civil liberties makes it difficult to enforce drug policy. Harm Reduction approach: Holland and Sweden have harm reduction policies. Sweden: very similar to US policy: harm reduction requires abstinence. Demand reduction approach, prohibition emphasis. The harm is so bad and use is so uncontrollable that you cannot control your use of it, and you cannot mitigate harm. It doesn’t matter why they use, it only matters that you use. First we need to deal with use then we can deal with causes. Use is uncontrollable. This model is heavily influenced by AAs approach to alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous approach says that you have to stop drinking because it is uncontrollable, then we can deal with the real problems. AOD: alcohol and other drugs. AA believes that alcoholism is a disease. Abstinence model: how it fits with a deterrence approach to try and get you to abstain from use or refrain from starting to use. Use is uncontrollable, once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. Deterrence: we want to reduce both the capability and will of people to continue using or begin using. One of the problems with deterrence in modern liberal society is that the ability to catch people and the will to punish people is not very present. The threat that the government is going to catch you is not credible. The government won’t find you but the drug will punish you anyways.
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