A new Drug Policy Alliance report, "A Four-Pillars Approach to Methamphetamine: Policies for Effective Drug Prevention, Treatment, Policing and Harm Reduction," evaluates current state and federal methamphetamine policies and recommends major reforms. The report, which was covered in several newspapers and featured at a forum on Capitol Hill for congressional staffers, is the first in the U.S. to lay out a "four pillars" approach to addressing methamphetamine abuse.
The report holds that the pillars of a successful methamphetamine strategy are prevention, treatment, policing and harm reduction. This four pillars approach is already in use in cities around the world, most notably Vancouver, and has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of users consuming drugs on the street, a significant drop in overdose deaths, and a reduction in the infection rates for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
The report highlights successful efforts taking place on the state level to move methamphetamine policy in the right direction.
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