First Published in DelawareLiberal on 12/6/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
According to research by The Drug Policy Alliance, half of Americans
have been in possession of illegal drugs at least once in their
Of those approximately 150 million, l percent, or 1.6%
are sent to prison, state or federal, for drug offenses. Five million
of our fellow citizens, or nearly 4% , are under criminal justice
supervision for drug convictions.
Half of these are for marijuana
possession, according to the ACLU. America, over 45% of of us are just
damned lucky not to have been caught. Yes, our government declared war
on the majority of us in the 80's. Thanks Ronald Reagan. Oh, and he
was supported by many cringing liberals who didn't want to speak out
intelligently about America's huge drug problem. Licit and illicit.
this is a cultural problem. And it is a corporate problem too. The
majority of our medical treatments entail prescribing drugs, starting
when we are little kids. Most of these drugs mask the medical problem
or relieve pain from it, not cure the disorder.
medications are largely based on science that doesn't understand how or
why they work; they just do, so they get prescribed. That's millions of
us with mental health disorders.
The pharmaceutical industry is
huge and is allowed to heavily promote their drugs to consumers who
can't directly order them. But they can and do plead with the doctor
for their use. We can thank the broadcast, print media and internet
providers as well as the advertising industry for their complicity in
our cultural drug problem.
We all see drugs as a way to blunt pain
or discomfort, whether they are for medical or recreational use, legal
or illegal. Why do our legislators, medical, law enforcement
professionals not see the obvious? Looks to me like the pharma lobby
and industry that pays them (lobbyists and legislators alike) can bear
most of the responsibility.
Our drug culture even drives our
foreign policy, at least as it relates to Afghanistan where we've
invested 13 years of homeland treasure and lives and limbs. Our nation
building appears to have turned them into a narco state producing 90 %
of the world's heroin supply. Way to go. Create the drugs, then
launch a war against them. Business calls this vertical integration.
we Americans do not rise up, do not demand a more intelligent solution
to get to the root of both drug dependency and medical research to cure
and repair. Masking is just easier and for many, completely
comfortable. And when we are comfortable, we don't act.
rather be comfortable than in pain, psychic or physical. But Isn't it
time, after over 30 years of defeat in our War On Drugs that we stop,
question and fix the huge damage it has done to our society ?