Feinstein, Grassley Release Report on Strategies to Reduce U.S. Drug Demand

United States Senate, 6/7/12

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and  Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International  Narcotics Control, today released a bipartisan report entitled Reducing  the U.S. Demand for Illegal Drugs that outlines strategies for Congress  and the Obama Administration to reduce the massive U.S. demand for illegal  drugs.

“Unfortunately, almost 9 percent of the U.S. population used illegal drugs in  2010, so it’s hard to argue that enough is being done to reduce demand,” said  Senator Feinstein. “Only if we address the country’s appetite for illicit  drug use can we prevent drug trafficking and the violence and loss of life it  brings throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Tragically, just across the  U.S. border in Mexico, more than 50,000 people have been killed in drug-related  violence over the past five years.”

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