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Unformatted text preview: 1980-1990 primarily cocaine and heroine. Beginning in 1990, a shift towards marijuana as the drug of focus. 90% of the increase for marijuana arrests. 1970s, everyone loves marijuana! The perception of the user changed. Who is using drugs? Drug use is roughly equal over racial lines. 75% of the people in jail for drug offenses are black or Latino. Law enforcement goes into low income areas to make drug arrests. Len Bias Star basketball player dies of a crack overdose. 80% of the people prosecuted for crack cocaine are African American When you arrest people on the lower level, there is a large replacement effect on drug dealing. It is much harder to erase a kingpin. People who are drunk are more likely to be violent than people who use illegal substances Improve treatments and safety. Offer clean needles, and what not....
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- Fall '07