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The War on Drugs: Time to Relocate the Battlefield?

Patricia Doty Peterson, MD
JAMA. 1995;273(6):459. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520300029026.
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To the Editor.  —The articles on drug legalization and prohibition1 were timely and important. Legalization would save many lives and untold dollars that would be much better spent on treatment. However, nowhere is there any mention of the clinical paradigm of legalization, which might actually be acceptable to voters and their representatives. The American people do not want to see their parks full of drug users, nor do they want their young children exposed to drug taking. A reasonable way to avoid all this would be to have the legalized drugs available only in clinics set in the areas of highest drug use. A dose would be taken only in the presence of staff and not be allowed to be removed from the clinic. The price of drugs would be comparatively inexpensive, and thus put the drug dealers out of business. The cost would be much less than our

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