Eric Garland | future trend analysis, social change, economic shift
October 16, 2012
The United States, home to beer, vodka and Xanax, has been waging a war against getting high on unapproved substances for 40 years.How big a failure is it? Perhaps the biggest policy failure in our history.
This makes me mad. Thanks Eric.
You know, this chart also demonstrates that the money spent kept the addiction rate flat. You can argue the cost, but not the results.
Actually, it doesn’t demonstrate that at all. There is zero proof that the trillion-dollar program of incarceration and dumping poison on South Americans has an impact on addiction one way or another. Moreover, the hockey-stick uptick in spending actually shows that more money does not equal better results. To argue that the drug addiction rate was destined to rise to 20% of the population were it not for our heroic efforts to put people in jail for marijuana is a little improbable.
On top of it, Europe’s programs of medicalization of the problem show tangible improvements to addiction rates and recovery.
Criminalization of drugs: failure, failure, failure. But then, don’t ask me: ask Mexico.
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