Thursday, March 12, 2009

Treatment for the disease of addiction!

Good news today on the front lines of the so-called war on drugs. Our leaders intend to emphasize treatment and prevention to reduce illegal drug use. Gil Kerlikowske will be the new drug czar. Read an article in the Washington Post about the appointment:

Reduce demand for drugs, reduce the business of illegal drug suppliers. I would like to hear drug dealers saying stuff like "I can't stay in business, too many of my clients are going into treatment and getting recovery!"
We have known for a long time that the so-called "war on drugs" is not working:

Too many of our nation's prisoners (more than half) are primarily addicts who suffer from the disease of addiction.

If we made chemo-therapy and radiation treatment illegal and cancer patients had to break the law to obtain treatment, would we lock them up and refuse to treat them too?

One freind of the new drug czar said this:

"If all we do is arrest people for drugs, we're missing the
opportunity to get involved in the beginning and take people out of
drugs. Gil gets that concept."
San Jose, Calif., Police Chief Rob Davis

Makes sense to me, what do you think?

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