Peter Jennings on ecstasy

This coming Thursday, April 1, at 10pm, ABC will air a Peter Jennings special called “Ecstasy Rising,” which looks at both the actual drug problem around MDMA (the chemical people think they’re buying when they buy a pill called “ecstasy”) and the scandal around MDMA research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

I’m told that the program will take a noticeable bite out of my 15 minutes of fame.

Update: Well, my 15 minutes are still largely intact. And the show had some other good qualities as well. But it was too pro-MDMA, and too undiscriminatingly anti-government, for my taste. Not a bad job overall, though.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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