Reducing drug-related harm

Keith and I have short essays in a New York Times “Room for Debate.”

The New York Times has a “Room for Debate” forum (400-word essays) on reducing drug-related harm.. Keith and I both have contributions, on treatment access under Obamacare and swift-certain-fair, respectively. There are also pieces on naloxone, safe injection rooms, racism, decriminalization, and legalization. Nothing about violence-minimizing drug law enforcement.

The problem with 400 words is that it’s barely enough to state a case; you wind up leaving out all of the nuance and paying no attention to counter-arguments.

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: