Lamar Alexander on Drugs

Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President

New branch of Armed Services to fight drugs

By strengthening our defenses I also mean defending ourselves against the drugs that come across our borders. As President, I would propose to Congress that we create a new branch of the armed services to stop the flow of those drugs.
Source: www.LamarAlexander.org/issue May 25, 1999

Revive drug war with credo “Just Say No - Because”.

The war on drugs in America has dragged on for too long. It’s a war we aren’t exactly losing but one we’re certainly not winning. We’re just stuck in the middle with no end in sight. The time has come to wage a new war on drugs. We should revive the 1980’s anti-drug credo, “Just Say No”, but go the extra step and explain to our children what the risks are and what’s at stake and tell them in clear, plain talk the consequences of illegal drug use. Today we should say “Just Say No - Because”.
Source: www.LamarAlexander.org/issue May 25, 1999

Stricter enforcement at borders and of drug dealers

Tons of illegal drugs pour into the US across our southern border. Let’s consolidate our drug enforcement efforts in a single federal agency and do a better job of stopping the flow of deadly drugs into our country. Drug dealers are murderers, plain and simple. We need laws that are so tough, they are treated [as] a clear, compelling message that drug dealers will not be tolerated in our workplaces or our neighborhoods. Let’s get serious about the war on drugs by making it a national priority.
Source: www.LamarAlexander.org/issue May 25, 1999

For intensive treatment; employee “education”; drug testing

Supply and demand must be reduced simultaneously. Local communities [should] provide intensive treatment programs that really work rather than overnight detox centers that offer a Band-Aid solution. The federal government should offer tax breaks for private businesses that educate employees about illegal drug use. Businesses shy away from drug testing, for fear of potential lawsuits. States should grants employer protection from litigation when they choose to randomly drug test their workers.
Source: www.LamarAlexander.org/issue May 25, 1999

Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use.

Alexander co-sponsored requiring chemical resellers to certify against meth use

Sen. FEINSTEIN: This act is designed to address problems that the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, has identified in the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005. The bill that I introduce today would:

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act that we passed last year has been a resounding success. The number of methamphetamine labs in the United States has declined dramatically now that the ingredients used to make methamphetamine are harder to get. Fewer meth labs means more than just less illegal drug production. In 2003, 3,663 children were reported exposed to toxic meth labs nationwide--but so far this year, the number of exposed children is only 319.

This is a common-sense bill, designed to strengthen the implementation of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This bill would create incentives to ensure that the self-certification process of the law is made both effective and enforceable. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

Source: Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act (S.2071) 2007-S2071 on Sep 19, 2007

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