Of all the coast guard trips out into the gulf, Atlantic, or pacific that costs about 50-60,000 per trip they come back with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drugs that get stopped before reaching the US so that we don't have to pay way more money on the police catching the dealers/users that have way less drugs yet over a wider range of area an once we do catch these people we have to provide things for them in prison. While if we just catch them on the ocean we take away their drugs either sink it an record what all was their or take it back to land an incinerate it while we take these foreign drug mules back to their country so their government can deal with their punishment rather than us
N 1978, 25 million Americans used an illegal drug once a month, when our population was 280 million. In 2009, there were 21 million illegal drug users, a decrease of 20 percent. Since when is a 20 percent decrease a failure?
Ninety-two percent of Americans do not use illegal drugs. Drugs are not as available as they were 40 years ago, and fewer people are dying of heroin overdose deaths.
In 1976, we had more than 500,000 heroin addicts and over 2,000 heroin overdose deaths. This has decreased significantly; currently there are 200,000 heroin users, less than half the number of 35 years ago and half the heroin overdose deaths.
Our prisons are overcrowded; not because casual users of marijuana are in prison. Less than 1 percent of all inmates in state prisons are there because of the use or possession of marijuana. They are in prison because of other charges, some involving drugs but for sale or trafficking. They are also there because we do not have enough drug courts, which have recidivism rates of 16 percent compared to 45 percent for offenders not in those programs. They are in prison because we have a probation system that is ineffective and because we tolerate a high crime rate and have more gun dealers than gas stations.
The federal government has invested time and money and lives in fighting drug abuse, but the social costs for treatment, lost productivity, accidents and crime are 10 times higher. We need to do more in prevention and treatment. That is true, but we shouldn't discount the effort that has gone on and we need to use REAL established facts, not opinion.
The war on drugs is an effort to treat symptoms of deeper issues. Happy, Healthy people are less prone to develop drug issues, And mentally ill, Unhappy people are more likely to use. The war on drugs targets the production and distribution of substances rather than address the real issues that drive people to become drug users. Not to mention the racial bias and racist motivations behind starting the war on drugs, Which is another issue altogether.
Persons creating "illicit" drugs do not follow regulations when using chemicals leading to environmental damage. Law enforcement uses drug legislation as leverage to intrude into people's lives, which is easily debatable as unconstitutional. War on Drugs creates a situation where LEOs view everyone as a criminal. Incarcerating drug users doesn't stop them from being a user, it disrupts family and community stability, and further degrades their future education and employment opportunities to the convicted and their children. Furthermore, incarceration and LEO interactions heavily demonstrate systematic racism. Scheduled drugs ruled as without medical uses are rarely approved to be studied to see if that is accurate. Drug users cannot be honest with their medical treatment providers without fear of legal consequences. Homemade drugs have unpredictable dosage, leftover solvents, undesirable drug molecules, and various problems associated with ignorant or inexperienced people creating drugs. Distributors cut and mix their products which create unpredictable mixtures that are dangerous, even fatal, to the unknowing users. People become harmed and die from these two dynamics. The Drug Policy Alliance estimates USA spends $51 BILLION and success rates are in the 10-20% range, which should fail a cost-benefit analysis. Drug prohibition produces a system of violence for cartels and gangs fighting over territory and against law enforcement - similar to what happened in the 1902s. Furthermore, the War on Drugs has not curtailed the rate of drug addiction since 1970. "It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on personal freedom is what it is... OK."
Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an "L" on her forehead
Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do, so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets?
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow
Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold
People think that prohibition is the pinnacle of regulation, when in fact it's the abdication of regulation. Don't ask a drug addict, "why the addiction?" Ask them, "why the pain?" Addiction is a health issue. Drug addicts, alcoholics, gamblers, pornography addicts, sugar addicts, and shopaholics all have one thing in common, they are all seeking up-ticks of dopamine in their brains from external things, because their own brains lack the dopamine levels required to feel good about themselves. It is no coincidence that most abusers (not users) of opiates (e.G. Heroin) have a traumatic history of neglect or abuse. They'll do anything to escape their tragic memories, even for a matter of moments. Additionally, if cannabis was the primary cause of schizophrenia, then the frequency of schizophrenia cases would show rises and falls throughout history. This is not the case. Approx. 1% of the population is diagnosed with schizophrenia. A lot more than 1% of the population uses cannabis. There is no correlation.
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The war on drugs has taken mentally ill people who've made bad decisions in order to escape reality and treated them like criminals. This is not a solution. The War on Drugs has prevented the healthy healing of people by punishing them rather than make them not need drugs in the first place.
The war on drugs has taken mentially ill people who've made bad decisions in order to escape reality and treated them like criminals. This is not a solution. The War on Drugs has prevented the healthy healing of people by punishing them rather than make them not need drugs in the first place.
It legalizes institutional racism. African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession far more often 716/100,00 people for blacks, compared to the white's 192/100,00. Added to this, it leaves the statistically most dangerous drug,, Alcohol, legal. Compared to things such as psilocybin mushrooms, which have no recorded kills, it's positively staggering.
Its ok if some provide functional deficits and changes consistent with brain damage, if their lots of research in their bullshit efficacy, and more to the point if it has the financial backing of a corporation.
You see such things don't even fucking work to begin with in any way shape nor form, let alone do they produce viable standards of life for those on them, but once again. If some bullshit authority tells you to take them when they don't work, despite the brain damage they induce, and tells you of the horrors of illicit drugs, while promoting shit like this instead well.... Its time to question the nature of the things folks.
Unless their produced by pharmaceutical entities, If a corporation can pay for legislation and find a target demographic, and find off label uses to some hazardous substance, its all good. Amphetamines are a prime example of this. Its an epidemic, but its seemingly quite alright to be given to rambunctious tykes to drug them out of coherency. What isn't ok is for someone to make a choice to use something of their own will for their own purpose in their own body, i mean its not as if the message is by stating that you can't put this nor that in ones body some sort of ownership is indeed insinuated.