―The war on drugs is failing‖

Justin Vacula

Many illicit drugs are harmful, but should we...
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Incarcerate users? Spend large amounts of money and time? Consider prison as an answer? Push drug use underground? Pretend society could be drug-free?

Deny sick people medicine they need?

Prohibition not the solution

Use continues, decreases unrelated to enforcement Prison population increases Drug-testing increases

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Stricter laws pass
Monies spent dramatically increase

Prohibition creates financial incentives
Drug-affected babies continue to be born

Parallels between 1920s prohibition
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Repeal makes matters worse

Children harmed
Protection of supply with guns, gangs Pushes drug trade underground, expensive Law enforcement commitments away from 'real crime'

Always available

Individual rights

Fundamental right – live your life in way that doesn't harm others? Decision for individual, not government? Are users responsible for violence?

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Safety of home vs. harming others
Saturated fat, alcohol, tobacco

Possible alternatives

Make legal – restrict availability, curtail underage use Shift from legal answer to treatment answer Adopt policies to reduce harm

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Honest, effective education
Gradual shifts

Allow small amounts
Decriminalize, not endorse Individual responsibility, medical model

References
Boaz, David. ‗‗A Drug-Free America—Or a Free America?‘‘ U.C. Davis Law Review 24 (1991). Myers, Rachel. "Marijuana on the Ballot." Blog of Rights. ACLU, 07 2012. Web. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. "Drug Policy Reform." Gary Johnson 2012. N.p.. Web. 13 Nov 2012. Carroll, Charles. Drugs in modern society. 4th. Chicago: Brown & Benchmark, 1996. Print.

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