Essay on The Drug Problems And Drug Policy Alternatives

1707 Words Dec 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Moore and Palmiotto (1997) conducted a quantitative survey research to determine police officers opinions about the drug problems and drug policy alternatives. 100 male patrol officers were randomly selected from a municipal police department in a lower-Midwestern city in the U.S. Patrol officers completed a 72 item survey about drug use, the effectiveness of present policies, and alternative drug policies. The authors found that majority of the patrol officers not only supported severe punishment for drug dealers and users (96.7%), but also traditional policies, such as prevention (92%), education (93%), warnings about risks (96.6%), and mandatory treatment for addicts (89%). Also, officers mostly did not believe the benefits of legalization. Although most patrol officers supported severe punishments, a majority of them believed the War on Drugs was an unsuccessful policy. Beletsky and his colleagues (2005) conducted a qualitative interview with 14 police officers in an urban police department following decriminalization of syringe purchase and possession in Rhode Island. The researchers identified several gaps in the implementation of the syringe deregulation policy. First, only half of the officers were aware of the policy change, and some of the officers continue use possession of syringes as probable cause for searches even though they knew the change in the law. Second, police officers were anxious about getting infected with communicable diseases from injecting drug…

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