The wrong way to fight the war on drugs

Boston Globe
by Jim Bildner & Madeline Drexler

06/27/06

Thirty-five years ago this month, President Richard Nixon launched the modern-day war on drugs, calling illicit substances 'America's public enemy number one.' Today -- after endless confiscations and arrests, stacks of scientific reports, and hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding -- Americans are left with one conclusion: The war on drugs has failed. It has failed for many reasons. Our leaders refuse to accept the facts on the ground. Their strategies are shaped more by punitive ideology than by pragmatism and compassion. And too many Americans still believe that drug addiction is someone else's problem. As a result, our government's wrongheaded policies have gone unchecked -- with countless lives lost, families wrecked, and victims more cruelly marginalized than in other developed nations...

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