A lost war
Millions of dollars, destruction of so many lives are just a part of the never ending sacrifices that we suffer to fuel our war against drugs that our governments have so successfully (ahem ahem) fought for decades. . The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second. State and local governments spent at least another 25 billion dollars. Source: Jeffrey A. Miron & Kathrine Waldock: "The Budgetary Impact of Drug Prohibition," 2010.
We have ruined the lives of our youth thinking that prison is a safe place where these so called addicts could stay away from dugs and therefore be pushed to a drug free life not realizing what effects this must have on the teenager we think we are helping. When the teen goes back into the world he will indulge in the same practices with the heightened knowledge that he has acquired from his fellow cellmates and his record of being a criminal will not in any way help the cause .According to the United States National Institute Of Health prisoners released in Washington State, overdose mortality rates were 12-fold higher than what would be expected in similar demographic groups in the general population. In the first two weeks after release, the risk of overdose was even greater. Accidental overdoses accounted for nearly one-quarter of deaths post-release and were related to cocaine, other psychostimulants, opioids, alcohol, tricyclic antidepressants, and multiple drugs in combination. Suicide was the 4th leading cause of death and likely included intentional overdoses .The real quest is not for us to remove the drug from the body but to remove its dependence from the soul which is something that is tougher than simply arresting people .It requires us to adapt.
For a person it is not the euphoria that is harmful but it is the side effects that each drug brings. In the fast moving world that we live in where we have to literally run to not let the ground slip it is natural for people to seek relief, something that brings them away from their tough lives. This is where drugs come into the picture, isn’t that exactly why people tend to uses alcohol?
We know for a fact that illegalizing of a drug does not help. For example the prohibition of alcohol in the United states in 1920. Scholars estimate that consumption dropped to a low of about 60% of pre-prohibition levels around 1925, rising to almost 80% before the law was officially repealed. This makes us think is illegalizing the correct choice or is there some other option which removes the side effects as well as the reckless euphoria that the people sick of their lives have started to get by consuming an illegal drug.
It is not abstinence that we must preach but it is the need for adaptation that we must realize. We can not remove the need for the drug but we can remove the harm caused by them. We are at a point with scientific advancements in fields of biochemistry and genetical engeneering where if we could spend just a fraction spent on the war on research and on the removal of the harmful side effects from these drugs, we could not only legalize them and control their distribution but also save millions of dollars of taxpayer money
But this requires a change of our mindsets that brings another level of difficulty to the equation.
Rules are easy to change but people are not…
How will we do this?
I don’t know but I am