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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:58 AM
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19. So what?
The problem is with our approach to the problem of drug use.

Instead of acting as we need to "war" on addicts, we should treat it as a health problem. Which it is.

If someone under the influence of a drug commits a crime, the crime is not the drug use, but the illegal act committed.

The DEA is a part of the problem. (See: Prohibition)

Disband the DEA, legalize, tax and regulate ALL drugs.

If you and your husband's family had access to treatment instead of incarceration, society would be better off.

Trying to prevent everyone from using drugs is, at best, a Sisyphean task. Drug use has and always will be with us. Our decision is in how to properly deal with it as a society and culture. Our current War on Drugs is an absolute failure, irregardless of how many drug king pins are captured.

If you have the opportunity, please read the following:

"Why Our Drug Laws Have FAILED and What We Can Do About It" - A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs - Judge James P. Gray
"Drug War Heresies" - Learning from Other Vices, Times, & Places - Robert J. MacCoun and Peter Reuter
"Drugging America" - A Trojan Horse - Rodney Stich
"Smoke and Mirrors" - The War on Drugs and The Politics of Failure - Dan Baum
"Drug Warriors & Their Prey" - From Police Power to Police State - Richard Lawrence Miller
"Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do" - The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country - Peter McWilliams
"The Pursuit of Oblivion" - A Global History of Narcotics - Richard Davenport-Hines

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