|For immediate release
October 5, 2000
|Tracey Terry, NPR
||Chris Kelly, Frontline
NPR News and PBS Frontline Special Report:
Collaboration Provides Fresh Perspective on the National War on Drugs
October 9-13, 2000
Washington, DC-During the week of October 9,
2000, National Public Radio® (NPR®) and PBS Frontline will collaborate to
offer two separate reports on the national war on drugs. NPR will provide a
fresh perspective on U.S. drug war policy with a special five-part series,
War On Drugs, airing on All Things Considered® from NPR News.
Correspondent Deborah Amos examines issues relating to the drug wars and
adds new insight to the international debate. The PBS Frontline series Drug
Wars will air on PBS, Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10, both at 9
P.M. (check local listings).
In the first segment of the NPR News series
airing on October 9, Amos provides an overview: During the thirty-year war
on drugs, Americans have paid a heavy price, not only financially - the drug
enforcement budget is now 40 billion dollars - but also with their civil
liberties - laws that turn "innocent until proven guilty" on its head. This
series from NPR News aims to explore why, after thirty years of effort and
billions in expenditures, America's war on drugs has no victory in sight.
The United States' efforts to stop drug
trafficking have long been dependent on work it conducts overseas. This
includes interdiction of drugs in international waters; extradition of drug
kingpins from their home countries; eradication of drug crops on foreign
soil; and training and assisting foreign police and military forces in
stopping drug production and distribution. On October 10, Amos continues her
exploration as she focuses on Mexico and how commercial trade is more
important than drug interdiction.
The ability of the United States government
to stop illegal drugs is daunted by the size and power of the international
narcotics business. On October 11, Amos examines drug money and the
sophisticated methods drug traffickers use to launder profits and hide their
profits from law enforcement officials.
On October 12, Amos explores the issue of
corrupting influence of the war on drugs by those who fight it - the paid
informants and the police who have found profit in it.
The debate surrounding the war on drugs has
mainly been between those who primarily advocate treating the drug problem
as a public health issue and those who more fundamentally advocate strong
law enforcement solutions. In the fifth and final segment on October 13,
Amos will examine how the failure of enforcement policies to end drug demand
and availability is leading to a re-evaluation of the benefits of treatment
In addition to her work with NPR, Deborah
Amos is a correspondent for ABC News.
The NPR News special series War on Drugs
will air Monday, October 9, though Friday, October 13 on All Things
Considered. For nationwide station information and broadcast times please
visit NPR's Web Site at www.npr.org. The PBS Frontline special Drug Wars
will air on PBS stations Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10, both at
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