Thursday, May 16

Why Federal Adverstising Dollars Are Not the Anti-Drug

Collin Levey, writing in the WSJ this morning, explains why "$929 million worth of taxpayer-funded antidrug advertising campaigns haven't discouraged drug use among children at all" and what lessons should be drawn from this costly failure. Although it goes against all my better instincts, I regard it as a matter of principle that I remain a (very unenthusiastic) supporter of (some) "soft" drug decriminalization (did you catch all those qualifications!). That, however, is not about to happen any time soon and, even if it did, Levey's suggestions represent a much more sensible way to squander taxpayer dollars than the government's current plan.