Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Government War on Drugs, an abject failure

Politicians campaign as the education (President, Governor, Commissioner etc) and yet public education remains a huge problem failing millions of children each year.

Politicians campaign to secure the border and yet the border is as porous as ever.

Politicians campaign for fiscal responsibility and yet our deficits grow by the day.

Does anyone see a pattern here?


MEXICO CITY — After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

"In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

This week President Obama promised to "reduce drug use and the great damage it causes" with a new national policy that he said treats drug use more as a public health issue and focuses on prevention and treatment.