Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Hardcover)

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First published in 2007, Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics critically analyzed claims made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the White House agency of accountability in the nation's drug war since 1989, as found in the six editions of the annual National Drug Control Strategy between 2000 and 2005. In this revised and updated second edition of their critically acclaimed work, Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen examine seven more recent editions (2006-2012) to once again determine if ONDCP accurately and honestly presents information or intentionally distorts evidence to justify continuing the drug war. They uncover the many ways in which ONDCP manipulates statistics and visually presents that information to the public. Their analysis demonstrates a drug war that consistently fails to reduce drug use, drug fatalities, or illnesses associated with drug use; fails to provide treatment for drug-dependent users; and drives up the prices of drugs. They conclude with policy recommendations for reforming ONDCP's use of statistics, as well as how the nation fights the war on drugs.

About the Author


At Appalachian State University, Matthew B. Robinson is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Robinson is the author of several books, including Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice.Renee G. Scherlen, is Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781438448374
ISBN-10: 1438448376
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Pages: 310
Language: English