Drug Control: Long-Standing Problems Hinder U.S. International Efforts - GAO Report
|Date:||Feb. 27, 1997|
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National Counterdrug Enforcement Research and Development Program
National Drug Control Strategy
The United States has spent billions of dollars on international drug control and interdiction efforts but illegal drugs still flow into this country. A major factor is that international drug-trafficking organizations have become sophisticated, multibillion-dollar industries capable of changing tactics to elude new U.S. drug control efforts and corrupting the institutions of drug-producing and transit countries. U.S. efforts have also been hampered by competing foreign policy objectives, inconsistent funding for U.S. international drug control plans, and a lack of ways to measure the success of counternarcotics efforts. Although no panacea exists that will curb illegal drug trafficking, a multiyear plan that sets out funding needs linked to goals and objectives would provide a more consistent approach to drug control efforts. GAO also believes that improved used of technology and intelligence and the development of a centralized "lessons learned" system could bolster counternarcotics efforts.