JUNE 16, 2017
While much of the media is focused on Trump’s Russian skullduggery, America has quietly found itself enmeshed in the worst drug epidemic in our history. Drug overdoses, mostly from increasingly lethal opioids, now kill more people than guns and traffic accidents. A recent investigation by The New York Times of local and state authorities across the country came to a staggering conclusion—that somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, a nearly 20% spike in a single year, the paper estimates.
2017 is gearing up to be just as bad, or worse.
In the face of this crisis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has re-declared the War on Drugs, a five-decade old boondoggle that civil-rights organizations, economists and even some law-enforcement groups believe to be discredited by years of failure. While it’s unclear exactly what Sessions is planning, so far he’s called for a crackdown on marijuana and longer mandatory sentences for drug dealers, seemingly intent on a return to policies that historically have ravaged entire communities, corrupted police forces and destroyed trust in authority—all in the name of fighting a war that opinion polls show the majority of the public doesn’t want.
The “war against a genetic group of people” (addicts) is insane & unconstitutional. It hasn’t worked in the past, won’t work now. Another post by me on this site from this date suggests a more rational approach to dealing with those afflicted and active with this genetic profile, the disease of addiction. Let ’em use. Only in certain well-monitored locations where they are quarantined until they WANT to stop using and recover. Make recovery as available to and easy for them as possible. Reward their efforts. Monitor them after abuse with random “whiz-quizes”