You can make peanut butter illegal but people are still going to eat it. There has to be more to it.
If you make things illegal with harsh penalties it creates all kinds of additional problems that are
far worse than the drug use in and of itself.
People using drugs become more isolated therefore they are less likely to get help.
Drug addicts are at the mercy of some of the most evil people on the planet.
When that happens we end up with beatings, abuse, murder, gangs, executions other than murder,
rape, prostitution, increased property damage and theft, and a host of other violent crimes.
In many cases the drugs themselves pale in comparison to how we react to them.
Governments see the safe streets example and declare war on drugs what a joke. The fallout from
the war as mentioned above clearly demonstrates society is not winning that one. Governments
build more prisons and load up the sentences of those convicted. The problem is punishment does
not work. The fear of imprisonment is not a deterrent as addicts are too stoned to care or they are
trying to commit a successful crime to get their next fix.
Preventing crime comes through education, and a healthy economy are more productive methods
than prison, judges and police. The problem is those who but for the grace of God could have the
same problem feel too self righteous and insecure to even honestly discuss the issue and accept
some different approaches. And others, they say its not logical. Tell me honestly what is logical
about people using drugs or people getting stoned everyday? This isn't about logic its about taking
positive action to help people with a serious medical problem that costs all of us billions. Let us all
get beyond our superior feelings and start understanding just how serious the problem really is.
We will never prevent drug use, we will never punish addicts into submission so we had better get
our heads out of the sand and look for some real solutions, while we assist those addicted to get
the help they need.
Whitney Houston for example, its not that she died, the real issue is what could have been done to
help her? That question is still not any where near being answered.