The War on Drugs, is it lost?
We have been fighting the war on drugs for decades but the problem is only getting worse. Did we lose the war on drugs? Prescription drugs seem to be more of a problem than the traditional illegal drugs. What do we do now?
The "War on Drugs" strategy has been a big part of its failure. Prison time for users as well as traffickers hasn't worked: users come out of prison with their habits intact and when one trafficker goes to jail another is there to fill his shoes. In order to diminish trafficking you have to reduce its profitability. Reducing the number of users through treatment programs is one approach. Another is decriminalization, which makes illicit sales irrelevant. Needless to say, these are controversial ideas.
It was lost before it started. Prohibition doesn't work. Now it's just another government program with its own constituency, power establishment, self-preservation imperative, and flow of money.
People will always go to drugs, whatever kind they prefer to self medicate because of their pain, physical and emotional. The war on drugs was set for failure when they started it.
It is never ending. There is no way to get all illegal drugs off the streets. There is also no way to stop people from abusing illegal drugs or prescription drugs.
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