Monday, July 10, 2006

OVERVIEW OF THE US FAILED 35-YEAR WAR ON DRUGS

This appeared as an op ed piece in the Boston Globe, 27 June. In sum, the war "... has failed for many reasons. Our leaders refuse to accept the facts on the ground. Their strategies are shaped more by punitive ideology than by pragmatism and compassion. And too many Americans still believe that drug addiction is someone else's problem. As a result, our government's wrongheaded policies have gone unchecked -- with countless lives lost, families wrecked, and victims more cruelly marginalized than in other developed nations." Less than a quarter of the Bush administration drug-related budget goes for treatment; when Nixon launched "the war" over half was ear-marked for rehabilitation services.

The authors quote two respected observers of the drug wars: "The problem is not that the United States has failed to do the impossible, but that it has failed to do things that could readily be done." To that one can only add: The US has failed to consider - and has refused to permit even the discussion of - any alternatives to the policies and practices that have been such a dismal failure for decades.

3 Comments:

At 2:56 AM, Blogger Peta-de-Aztlan said...

7-10-2006 PM

Will wonders news cease? I am writing an article called 'On the Basics of Progressive Recovery' and wanted to find more information on drug addiction as a worldwide problem.

Thus, I did a Google and found your website: International Center for Advancement of Addiction Treatment

Then, this related blog.
I admit to NOT being a drug expert, though, I am a recovering addict and have been working with a Christian recovery group for going on ten years now.

I hope to learn from your findings and will keep coming back!

Amerika's War on Drugs is a calculated failure with international repercussions.

We Do Recover!
Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta
CASA Field Coordiantor
Christians Against Substance Addiction
Sacramento, California
Email: sacranative@yahoo.com

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger RGNewman, MD said...

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At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Grace Lee said...

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