Background and reports of LWVCA's Study of Illegal Drugs in South Carolina, concluded in 2010.
Study Content: Review and evaluation of (1) the history of drug laws in SC; (2) the effects of current laws and policies governing the sale and use of illegal drugs, including their effects on young people, African Americans, and the general public; (3) medical care and public health; (4) the social and economic costs of relying on prohibition, law enforcement, and incarceration to counter drug use and sales; and (5) possible alternatives to current policies.
Study Chair: Sharon Fratepietro, contact at #843-670-3077
Complete Drug Study Report - "Mapping the Elephant" - This 110-page study includes charts, graphs, and the full findings.
Drug Study Summary - This 21-page summary provides highlights of the full report.
- Advocate for LWVSC's policy positions on illegal drugs: Illegal drug use should be considered a public health issue. Drug use and addiction should be addressed by substance abuse treatment and education programs instead of incarceration.
Note: In 2011, the League of Women Voters of South Carolina adopted the preceding position, which supercedes positions previously adopted by the LWVCA and mentioned at the end of the drug study report.