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is one approach to social problems such as drug addiction. Other approaches are demand reduction
Demand reduction refers to efforts aimed at reducing public desire for illegal and illicit drugs. This drug policy is in contrast to the reduction of drug supply, but the two policies are often implemented together...
and harm reduction
Harm reduction refers to a range of public health policies designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with recreational drug use and other high risk activities...
In the case of illegal drugs, supply reduction efforts generally involves attempts to disrupt the manufacturing and distribution supply chain
A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, technology, activities, information and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply chain activities transform natural resources, raw materials and components into a finished product that is delivered to...
s for these drugs, by both civilian law enforcement
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and sometimes military
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forces. This approach, sometimes characterized as the "War on Drugs
The War on Drugs is a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention being undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade...
", has been the dominant approach to drugs policy since the 1960s.