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Reply #41: DebJ, I hear you. And I agree to this extent: We should be helping families and children [View All]

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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 01:01 PM
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41. DebJ, I hear you. And I agree to this extent: We should be helping families and children
who are being decimated by drug addiction. For instance, we should have community facilities where such families can live--if they can possibly be kept together--and get rehab, medical care, counseling, retraining, enter jobs programs, etc., and benefit from a close support network--a small community with outside help available, trying to kick drugs. Children should be protected from abuse and have alternative adults around to get the support they need to deal with addicted parents or other family members. The FAMILY needs to be supported by society rather than society stigmatizing addicts and throwing them into our horrible 'justice' system, which itself breaks up families and destroys lives.

Some parents may be too far gone for rehab--whether physically or mentally. A community living situation would include provision for this--for instance, removing children from their parents' care--perhaps having a nearby care center that the children can be moved to, temporarily or permanently (as arrangements are made for other family caregivers or community members to take over)--hopefully in a gradual transition (not abrupt loss of contact with a parent) that is psychologically and emotionally sound.

But how many parents would LOVE to have help--child care, medical care, transition jobs, etc.--while they detox their lives? We can't know for sure. But what we DO know is that criminalization doesn't work. And people who get addicted, and most people who end up dealing, are desperate. They are poor. They see no other options. They get trapped in a horrible cycle of illegality that they see no way out of. And as long as that cycle is hugely profitable to other sectors of society (to big drug lords and networks, to rich "war on drugs" and prison 'contractors' and to corporate forces that benefit from a downtrodden working class), there will be no way out for them.

The drug lords are ALWAYS replaced by OTHER drug lords. One may be "gotten." Ten spring up to take over the business. Why is this? We've been waging the "war on drugs" for fifty frigging years! And the drug trade and addiction levels have hardly budged. 50 years! Time to call it what it is: a FAILED program--and do something better, something more worthy of our democratic and progressive traditions. Our forebears recognized the WRONGNESS of Prohibition (outlawing liquor) far more quickly than we have recognized the wrongness of outlawing certain drugs. They reversed that policy within a decade. We've been stuck in this horrifying, self-defeating loop for half a century. Time we got out of it. Really.
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