The one-term George H. W. Bush administration fervently supported the drug war approach.

The only significant legislation passed was the New Anti-Drug Law in 1989, which added $3 billion to expand treatment facilities, education, law enforcement and federal prisons. The federal drug budget had increased from $1.8 billion in 1981 to $12.5 billion by 1993. Despite many of the controversial measures and an aggressive approach to drugs—and some might argue because of them— by 1992, prevalence among 18-year olds declined to an all-time low of 27%.

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Posted by Anaïs Faure