Author Archives: Mark A. R. Kleiman

Drugs and Drug Policy: The Case for a Slow Fix

This article is in An Informed Approach to Substance Abuse, Fall 1998

The main policy goal should be to minimize the aggregate societal damage associated with drug use. “Fanaticism,” says Santayana, “consists of redoubling your efforts when you have lost sight of your aim.” An old Alcoholics Anonymous adage defines insanity as “continuing to do the same thing and expecting to get a different result.” Between them, […]

Flying Blind on Drug Control Policy

This article is in U.S. Forests: Facing New Global Market, Summer 2004

The axing of a key data collection program is a major setback for effective policymaking. Not knowing about the actual patterns of illicit drug abuse and drug distribution cripples policymaking. As the subtitle of a National Academies report put it four years ago, “What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us.” (Currently, we don’t even know […]

Fixing the Parole System

This article is in The Path Not Studied, Summer 2008

A system relying on swiftness and certainty of punishment rather than on severity would result in less crime and fewer people in prison. About 600,000 felons will be released from prison this year in the United States and begin some form of official supervision, usually parole. But the nation’s system for managing them in the […]

Eight Questions for Drug Policy Research

This article is in Social Science and Environmental Policy, Summer 2012

The current research agenda has only limited capacity to shrink the damage caused by drug abuse. Some promising alternative approaches could lead to improved results. Drug abuse—of licit and illicit drugs alike—is a big medical and social problem and attracts a substantial amount of research attention. But the most attractive and most easily fundable research […]