To The Daily Sun,
According to E. Scott Cracraft's April 12, column politicians and society need a change in attitude to consider drug addiction a disease. This isn't a change; it's just political correctness intended to help grow government and give progressive politicians more money to fund their special interest supporters.
Cracraft's solution doesn't meaningfully reduce the 40,000-50,000 annual drug related deaths, the millions of drug related crimes, or the billions of dollars spent on the drug problem.
Considering drug use a medical problem provides an excuse, implying it's just an unexpected illness like appendicitis requiring sympathy, medical treatment, and various protections, e.g., in the workplace. But drug use and addiction (with some exceptions) are self-induced problems deserving of the same sympathy that an orphan, who killed his parents, deserves.
The drug problem is one of demand; Cracraft's comments regarding demand are simply more failing progressive claptrap.
Reducing smoking demand was more challenging. Fifty years ago everyone seemed to smoke, users lived productively, and the suffering and deaths seemed unlikely or decades away. Nevertheless, various efforts, including cost increases, restrictions on use, and stigmatization, reduced the percent of the population using tobacco by almost two-thirds in the last 50 years.
Similar actions could reduce demand for illegal drugs. Cut the supply to increase the cost by closing the border and harshly punishing drug dealers. Politicians and society need to adopt the attitude that they must do whatever is necessary to reduce demand for drugs.
Reducing the demand for drugs should be easier than for tobacco, there are fewer users and the adverse consequences, interference with productive lives and/or death, are near term, not decades off.
Why isn't there a total societal effort to reduce the demand for illegal drugs? Why don't public officials condemn drug use and any glorification of drug use in movies, comedy, etc.? Why aren't users stigmatized, e.g., as stupid and disgusting, to detour future potential users? Why isn't there ubiquitous advertising that demonizes drug dealers and users? Why isn't the border closed? Why aren't major drug dealers prosecuted for murder?
Because politicians and special interests are okay with people dying as long as they keep their power.
Americans who want to prevent lives being destroyed by drugs should change their own attitudes and elect politicians who share the attitude that every effort and every tool must be used to eliminate demand for illegal drugs.
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