Note: A brief description of each item of literature is provided below.
This brief paper explains the black market danger inherent in prominent public policy proposals for coping with the public health menace of tobacco products. It then outlines a generally overlooked policy alternative that is capable both of controlling the use of tobacco and avoiding the black market danger.
This monogram describes the use of state monopolies in Scandinavia and several of the United States of America. It is shown that such monopolies, when properly designed, can be effective both in reducing alcohol consumption and in preventing the crime-generating effects of the prohibition of alcohol commerce. This historic precedent evidences the efficacy of the state monopoly system as a device for control of our contemporary drug/crime epidemic. This paper also describes the seminal role of John D. Rockefeller II in the political defeat of alcohol prohibition and in the movement to found the American state alcohol monopolies. These historic events are shown to validate a key tenet of the conversion hypothesis for drug policy change--that a small group of far-sighted individuals of social conscience and great wealth can quickly affect the emergence of new and improved information to bring about and set positive direction to policy change.
This book provides the most complete statement of market interposition theory-- information fundamental to the creation of PDPI. Part I of this book provides an introduction to the public health perspective and the first systematic survey and analysis of the socioeconomic processes of drug/crime epidemic. Part II sets forth the theory of market interposition, defines the public purpose of market interposition, lays out the goals of this strategy, describes the eight strategic tools by which market interposition can achieve its strategic goals, describes the processes of interposition planning and implementation, proposes the "conversion hypothesis," the quickest route to policy change, and it addresses miscellaneous other questions. Part III treats problems relating to the organizational locus, form and governance of the Agency for Drug Market Interposition.
This paper was presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Public Health Association in San Diego, California, under the sponsorship of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section of the National Association of Public Health Policy. It treats in abbreviated form: the observational basis of interposition theory in the experience of the harm reduction movement and the state alcohol monopolies; the key strategic concepts of market interposition: the eight strategic tools; The economic and fiscal implications of interposition theory; and the politics of drug policy change.
This paper was distributed at the 1994 annual meeting of the Drug Policy Foundation in Washington D.C. It gives equal weight to market interventions for defeating the processes of drug/crime epidemic and to the conversion hypothesis. It also contains a brief profile of the author.
A response in 294 words, plus references, to an article by DuPont and Voth in the Annals of Sept. 15, 1995.