December 11, 2006, I founded the Yellow Rose Mission when it became
clear that U.S. drug policy was not only a barrier to psychoactive
medication that people need to treat legitimate medical disorders, but the
drug policy that the U.S. recklessly imposes on other nations, has
resulted in steady but sharp increases in the number of drug-induced
deaths in the U.S., an absolute indication that America's War on Drugs (WOD)
is reinforcing drug abuse. And why not when K12 students are
learning how to abuse drugs. But how can this be, you
might be asking. Isn't it logical to teach kids about street
drugs and how people abuse them? Isn't it logical that we then teach
K12 students how to resist the temptation?
There's your answer. This is not logical.
make sense to offer students "Motor Vehicle Accident
Education" as opposed to "Motor Vehicle Safety
we learn as students and teach as adult is the right way to do
something. We don't learn how to drown; we learn how to swim!
We learn how to spell words correctly. Imagine if we learned
how to spell words incorrectly. Imagine if our schools taught
students the wrong way to add, subtract, multiply, and divide! It
wouldn't take long before an organization sprouted called "The
Partnership for an Arithmetic-Free America".
If we want
the next generation to be "Smart on Drugs" as President Obama
promised before he moved into the White House, then our generation needs
to start teaching K12 students how drugs are properly used; not
hasn't Barack Obama mandated a presidential order for K12 schools to adopt
Drug Use Education as an alternative to the WOD? Well, one answer
might be that it is easier to fit a drug store through the eye of a needle
than it is for a reformed drug abuser to serve up legislation that
legitimizes illicit street drugs.
the government wants you to believe is that the WOD is working. The
government wants you to believe that nothing was worse than the
administration of Jimmy Carter, when the American society was saturated
with 50% more drugs than there are today.
The truth is that every day both illicit and
prescription drugs become more prevalent in our society.
those unwilling to accept this truth, you must realize that the Center for
Disease Control (CDC), a government organization, keep meticulous records
of U.S. citizens who have died and accurately associates them with the
cause of death. In 1969, the CDC reported 2,159 drug-induced deaths
across the U.S.. This figure includes the accidental death resulting
from illicit drugs and prescription drugs. as the major
component. By 1979, there were 7,101 drug-induced deaths in
the U.S. A year later, that figure dropped to 6,900 during the last
year of the Carter presidency. In the last 31 years, that's the
lowest it's been. As for the largest number of drug induced-deaths,
that's most likely to be the current year which political and drug war
experts believe will top 50,000 in one year.
In early 2007, the Yellow Rose Mission evolved into the
Drug Use Education (DUE) Process Initiative (DPI), generating more
interest, intrigue, support and criticism. Faced with the
deicion to either write a book or work within the 2008 Presidential
Election, I sought the latter, hoping that I would have been able to
introduce the type of "change" that the U.S. needs to the Obama
campaign. Thus far, the Obama administration has failed to support
policies that benefit all Americans, and has taken an anti-Democratic
approach to the WOD issue, following in Clinton's footsteps.
the loss of support from President Obama and members of Congress, the DPI
continues to focus on promoting change to state and local drug laws.
as FDR ended Prohibition, not by simply bringing alcohol back into U.S.
states and communities, but by introducing responsibility that germinates
maturity, the DUE Process Initiative is not only about developing a more
sophisticated, medical and drug savvy public, but replacing :