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New National Drug Control Strategy

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  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    Is it just me, I get the feeling that this is just an elaborate plan that will cost the tax payers an enormous amount, before this plans is seen for what it really is. What I gather from this "science-driven plan" it must be the science of money driving, it's sure not a science based solution to the reduction of harm to society. I see this plan as nothing more than rhetoric to fleece the tax payers, with a hidden agenda of creating more jobs at the tax payers expense, all for the greater good of society. It all boils down to, we are going to pay more for those that get caught up in the costly War on Drugs. Providing more funding for Drug Court programs and Prisoner Re-entry programs. Addiction is a medical term, there is no way we can arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem. Humans have been using and searching for things that made them feel good for thousands of years. Sometime humans become addicted to these "feel goods". I know of no other health issue in which people are thrown in jail if they don’t get better, but that's the end result of this new "science driven plan".
    When are we going to realize that the Drug War is over, Drugs won every battle fought in that war. We need to stop the sensationalized media hyperbole scare tactics that have been ineffective since 1906. They only promote the stigmatization and stereotyping of a whole class of society that leads to discrimination and dependence upon the system itself. We need to start teaching more scientifically fact based knowledge that's not biased by an ulterior moral agenda. We need to promote the theory of harm reduction. Harm reduction takes into account what it cost us as American Tax Payers and cost effectiveness the funding provided.
    That is the foundation of my concern, is our tax money is being and has been spent lining the pockets of the promoters of the drug war, with no noticeable change in drug usage or availability. The only thing progress that has been made is the drugs that are available are purer/potent and cheaper than they were at the start of the War on Drugs. The Drug War has also promoted the the advancement and the finding of more addictive drugs of abuse.
    Does anyone else see or understand what I'm talking about? Or am I just ranting to myself?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/drugpolicyreform
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    Boone Wrote: Is it just me, I get the feeling that this is just an elaborate plan that will cost the tax payers an enormous amount, before this plans is seen for what it really is. What I gather from this "science-driven plan" it must be the science of money driving, it's sure not a science based solution to the reduction of harm to society. I see this plan as nothing more than rhetoric to fleece the tax payers, with a hidden agenda of creating more jobs at the tax payers expense, all for the greater good of society. It all boils down to, we are going to pay more for those that get caught up in the costly War on Drugs. Providing more funding for Drug Court programs and Prisoner Re-entry programs. Addiction is a medical term, there is no way we can arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem. Humans have been using and searching for things that made them feel good for thousands of years. Sometime humans become addicted to these "feel goods". I know of no other health issue in which people are thrown in jail if they don’t get better, but that's the end result of this new "science driven plan".
    When are we going to realize that the Drug War is over, Drugs won every battle fought in that war. We need to stop the sensationalized media hyperbole scare tactics that have been ineffective since 1906. They only promote the stigmatization and stereotyping of a whole class of society that leads to discrimination and dependence upon the system itself. We need to start teaching more scientifically fact based knowledge that's not biased by an ulterior moral agenda. We need to promote the theory of harm reduction. Harm reduction takes into account what it cost us as American Tax Payers and cost effectiveness the funding provided.
    That is the foundation of my concern, is our tax money is being and has been spent lining the pockets of the promoters of the drug war, with no noticeable change in drug usage or availability. The only thing progress that has been made is the drugs that are available are purer/potent and cheaper than they were at the start of the War on Drugs. The Drug War has also promoted the the advancement and the finding of more addictive drugs of abuse.
    Does anyone else see or understand what I'm talking about? Or am I just ranting to myself?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/drugpolicyreform
    But that has been the point of the drug war. Look at what arguements were used to make them illegal. We use emotion, not logic, to decide most issues.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I don't see any real resolution to the drug problem other than some type of draconian measures, such as what the Far East Nations do, long imprisonment or death sentences for continued use and dealing of drugs, it seems to me that drug usage is primarly a social problem which developes into a crime problem,decriminalizatioin is not the entire answer as there will always be a demand for some type of escape for some people who can't cope with whatever that troubles them,throwing money at the issue is also not the answer, if you are going to throw money at the problem ,start at the beginning, if its low income families seeking real help ,then help,if its a matter of an unjust interpetaion of an existing Law or the unfairness of the current Law ,then change it. Just don't waste money on studies, there have been enough studies done to fund an entire Nations GDP, with little or no results to the problem
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    Drinking a beer isn't about escaping nor is smoking a joint.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    The idea was about excessive usage of drugs , smoking a joint,which is legal as is alcohol in moderation is not the topic, I understand that even though there are problems associated with excessive use of alcohol and so-called social drug use, there is still a problem with drugs in this country,either prescription or illegal drugs, those issues still present a social ill until they become a criminal problem and that is where the monies should be spent, if a program is working ,fund it, if not ,then defund it.
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    johnnycee Wrote: The idea was about excessive usage of drugs , smoking a joint,which is legal as is alcohol in moderation is not the topic, I understand that even though there are problems associated with excessive use of alcohol and so-called social drug use, there is still a problem with drugs in this country,either prescription or illegal drugs, those issues still present a social ill until they become a criminal problem and that is where the monies should be spent, if a program is working ,fund it, if not ,then defund it.
    Oh boy! More prisons and no treatment facilities, except of course the celebrity ones. What you advocate is what we have already have been doing, and it ain't worked. Time to spend the money trying to stop the problems before they become criminal in nature.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    GemsWoven Wrote: Drinking a beer isn't about escaping nor is smoking a joint.
    I believe they are both about escaping. I would be curious as to your explanation behind your statement. I'm aware that I have taken the bait and hook, that was laid before me. So go ahead and lay it on me, while I search for a rebuttal.
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    It is self medicating. The long day is over but the motor still hums. A bock beer and something sweet in the meerschaum and a jazz album and the old motor goes into idle. Now the meal is a meal and not a feeding. File this under "Stop and smell the flowers".
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    Gems :
    I think I might been have misunderstood, I advocate for better treatment and less criminal penalties, if what I believe is true about drugs being a social ill long before they become a criminal issue,than that is where the monies should be spent,on fixing the social problem that are edemic to drug addicts.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    GemsWoven Wrote: It is self medicating. The long day is over but the motor still hums. A bock beer and something sweet in the meerschaum and a jazz album and the old motor goes into idle. Now the meal is a meal and not a feeding. File this under "Stop and smell the flowers".
    Oh I see an escape from daily stress. Now I understand.