Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Waste on drugs

The federal war on drugs has been a disaster from so many perspectives it boggles the mind.

Can you think of a better way to spend $500 BILLION? Not to mention filling our jails (more than 70% of people in jail are there on drug related offenses - most of them minor)...

Give the whole article a read... it's well worth it.
All told, the United States has spent an estimated $500 billion
to fight drugs - with very little to show for it. Cocaine is now as
cheap as it was when Escobar died and more heavily used.
Methamphetamine, barely a presence in 1993, is now used by 1.5
million Americans and may be more addictive than crack. We have
nearly 500,000 people behind bars for drug crimes - a twelvefold
increase since 1980 - with no discernible effect on the drug
traffic. Virtually the only success the government can claim is the
decline in the number of Americans who smoke marijuana - and even
on that count, it is not clear that federal prevention programs are
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1 comment:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Well, without these policies, Big Pharma wouldn't have the monopoly it has on American drug use.

The War on Drugs is really a War on Big Pharma's Competitors.