Heroin Chronicles - Volume 1
We have been fighting the war on drugs for such a long time. I can remember in elementary school we had the D.A.R.E program. (Drug abuse resistance program.) And we often heard the slogan "just say no" which came from an advertising campaign prevalent in the 1980s and early 1990s to discourage children from engaging in illegal drug use. The slogan was created by First Lady Nancy Reagan.
These methods never really worked. This has been an on going battle and always will be. For every drug trafficker caught there will be a million more just like him. It's a game of cat and mouse. Catch the little fish so that maybe we can catch the big fish.
We are filling our jails with drug addicts. Lets be honest, most of the people we put in jail for trafficking drugs are little fish that sell drugs to supply their own habit. We catch them in hopes that they will tell the police where they get their supply so the police can keep moving up the chain. It's a never ending cycle. There is always going to be one more trafficker. It's not helping the situation because we are focusing on the wrong approach.
So what's the right approach? How do we stop this epidemic? I don't think we really ever will. But I do think we could put a big dent in the situation if we focused on the addicts instead of the dealers. Addiction is a disease. And we are going at it the wrong way. You're not going to cure cancer by putting people with cancer in jail, so what makes you think jail is going to cure drug addiction. It won't.
People who suffer from the disease of addiction need treatment. They need help. They need to understand what their disease stems from. They don't need to be looked at like criminals, and low lifes. I can promise you this, no addict woke up one day and said I think I should stick a needle in my arm. That's not how it happens. It progressed over time. It starts with something. And that's what we need to figure out.
Instead of sending addicts to jail, lets get them help. Sending them to treatment is far more effective then putting them in jails. Jail is not helping the issue. If anything, it is making it worse.Jail is a great way for addicts to get drugs and get better connections to obtain drugs when they get out. You can get drugs just as easy in jail and prison as you can on the streets. Jail is not working. Treatment allows for them to get therapy. It helps them figure out what their triggers are and what they can do to stay away from them. In treatment the can figure out who they really are. They can learn to be a productive member of society.