What's Wrong With Zero
drug policy of the 1980's advocated zero tolerance as a form
of harsh discipline which was originally intended as a method of
sending a message that certain behaviors will not be tolerated, by
punishing both major and minor offenses severely.
are four major problems with zero tolerance: 1) There is no evidence
that harsh punishment for drug crimes stops or curtails them from
occurring; 2) zero tolerance is a basis for discrimination since it
permits longer sentencing for minorities; 3) zero tolerance generates
crime and creates criminals; 4) zero tolerance increases taxpayer dollars
spent on court, prison, and other costs.
The US is the only nation which considers it's strongest
leaders to be those associated with violence and the weakest, those with
intellectual skill and diplomacy. It is this thinking that will soon
douse the eternal flames of hope and freedom as we propel aimlessly
through the 21st century where the world is advancing beyond the war
between pride and prejudice that desecrates the rock dividing the oceans
as it divides its people masquerading as Christians when they are hardly
worthy to bear the name.
you have to ask what Americans are afraid of, you obviously have not lived
in or visited many other countries. To many who come here, the US
can seem like the children running the house while the parents are
away. That's not always a good thing because those children can be
bullies you wouldn't want to deal with. For many Americans, this is
the current climate under George W. Bush.
of drug abuse, the US takes the top position in the world for only one
reason: Americans have never sat down and rationally determined how
to stop drug abuse. The originators of the war on drugs were
ignorant reactionaries applying the only logical solution their brains
would allow to a problem that is far beyond their scope of
experience. Today, the majority of the American public cannot begin
to understand that a war on drugs only fuels drug abuse which leads to
drug dependency. The question is: What differences are there
between drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug dependency? In
1971 and still in 2007, the US Department of Health and Human Services
fails to make any distinction. In fact, in their DAWN reports, they
categorize misuse and abuse together and divide this into three groups:
Those who overdoes; those who are maliciously poisoned; and,
terminology exists however, not to present a series of synonyms that
describe the same condition, but to make distinctions that the war on
drugs has quickly erased leaving use to mean abuse to mean misuse to mean
dependency. In medical terminology this can be equated to an
appendectomy of the brain, a hysterectomy of the brain, and a hernia of
the brain. One cannot remove an appendix from a place where it
doesn't exist; similarly, one cannot define and treat drug use the same
way drug abuse is defined and treated. But everyday in America,
patients with very different needs for a controlled substance are turned
away for the same reason. Isn't it a pity that the war on
drugs has maligned the public to be as stupid as politicians which
proposed such a disgraceful event? Now we can see where two four
letter words of the English language, each beginning with the letter
"f" can be used to respond to the question: "What's wrong
with the war on drugs?"
to say it was conceived out of fear and it was destined to fail. And
fail it has, just as the Salem witch trials of 1692 were conceived out of
fear and were destined to fail. Only now it has taken 36 as millions
of lives have been impacted and rather than viewing slightest bit of
progress towards a solution, the lazy politicians continue to regurgitate
solutions that are detrimental to the people of the US and to other
nations around the world as these solutions merely strengthen the
underground movement making it impossible for our healthcare system ever
to recover from the political insanity that would have appalled even
politicians of the US not understand that one cannot live in a world of
chemical substances, there is no merit to incarcerate unless the
politicians incarcerate themselves an be brought together to spell the
distinctions that can be made between them. The classic distinctions
between misuse and abuse is a effect of frequency. For example,
"misuse" would be a step back from abuse. It is usually
categorized as a casual episode of drug abuse, where drug abuse is the
constant, cyclical routine of misusing a drug. But again, there is
no cohesive definition to define these terms.
it easier for themselves, politicians decided early on that they were not
even going to deal in the semantics of drugs. They were not about to
becomes chemists and the American population would have to suffer because
of their expectations that drugs would simply just go away if they poured
in dollars, and slapped down a law of zero tolerance. ZERO means
nothing. Zero tolerance means that for no reason at all will
anything be tolerated in the least. In contemporary society in relation to
drugs, it is like an ostrich sticking it's head in the sand on a
War on Drugs is terrorism that has touched the lives of every
American citizen in a negative way by altering the course of pharmacology
and regulating healthcare practices; diverting patients from useful drugs
to anti-depressants that require a user to continue taking them throughout
their lives without stopping. It has changed the the course of
medical malpractice, making it more difficult to impossible for patients
to bring lawsuits against their provider if the patient is using any
medication -- even OTC medications -- without a physician's consent.
Thus, our healthcare system has become careless and the voice of American
citizens has been silenced.
The philosophy behind the war on drugs is to keep the public stupid
about drugs as a deterrent to drug use.
By keeping the public “stupid” it may have reduced the number
of drug users, but only by turning them into drug abusers
who wind up as pawns to drug dealers who are by design, typically more
interested in selling their product than in the health of their customers.
Thus, the war on drugs has exacerbated a problem rather than
The war on drugs has perpetuated an outlet for adolescent
rebellion. Thus, drug dealers
are the first to provide a drug abuse education and there is no drug use
The war on drugs embraces a zero tolerance policy which
treats self-medicators as harsh criminals and has implicated the health of
Americans suffering from chronic disorders, cancer, AIDS, and just about
any health problem.
tolerance has erased the line between drug use and abuse, sending patients
who self-medicate into rehabilitation programs when they need medical
the war on drugs is positioned to destroy healthcare and the lives of
those who need access to it.
The war on drugs
is a crime unto itself that has created corruption in federal, state, and
local government, in hospitals and treatment centers by authority who
often use the drugs themselves or resell them to make a profit.
Such incidents have become prevalent and are rarely investigated by
administrator who condone it. For example, a provider in a Stanford
clinic reportedly engaged in the sale of illicit street drugs during 2004
that the institution failed to investigate due to the prestige of the
The war on drugs is legalized discrimination.
In the past it has targeted the African-American, Latino, and other
communities. Since 2002 gay
men and lesbians, regardless of race or national origin, have become the
primary targets of drug busts in the
US. The one group that remains
mostly unaffected are heterosexual white middle and upper middle class
Americans and the wealthy.
About 85% of all African American males visible in the gay and
bisexual community are typically sentenced to a prison term for drug
possession as compared to under 4% of white heterosexual females who make
it into our courtrooms for the same offense.
Treatment programs offered under the war on drugs are ineffective
and are designed for repeat offenses that can generate lengthy prison
terms under zero tolerance policy.
The 12-step programs are psychologically damaging, by enabling
victims of drug abuse to berate and condemn themselves.
The 12-step programs fail to focus on the underlying problems of
drug abuse. Their only benefit is by allowing victims of drug abuse to interact socially.
The beginner programs are visited frequently by drug dealers who sell
their wares to attendees.
In many neighborhoods, drug dealing goes unnoticed since the police
are paid by drug dealers in exchange for protection. The
widespread nature of this continues to grow as information about drugs
makes users realize, these drugs aren't bad for society, they are just bad
news for the people who want to CONTROL society. (So that's
what they mean! Why didn't they just say that in the first place?)
Over 25% of those in prison today are serving time for non-violent
drug crimes that the leader of our nation had admitted to in his past.
Thus, the only reason for a war on drugs is that it is a legal form
To be fair, the war on drugs has averted drug use. Over 19 million
Americans who have chronic disorders requiring treatment with a controlled
substance are unable to be treated by physicians who won't take the risk
to prescribe a controlled substance. These
19 million American citizens must persevere with a war that has turned
their lives upside down. Many
have become disabled and are unable to find jobs as a result. Some
of them have been lead to the streets by Health Educators; others have
found out themselves that illicit street drugs can be used in place of
prescription medication. (BUT THOSE OF US WITH CHONIC
DISORDERS WILL BE THE FIRST LINE TO OPENLY ATTACK THE US AS WE KNOW THE
TRUTH MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE! )
In an effort to "help", physicians refer patients from
this group of 19 million patients to Health Educators.
It has become the role of the Health Educator to lead these
patients to drug dealers which sell the patient illicit street drugs in
place of prescription controlled substances.
The mortality rate due to the war on drugs is high. There is
no mortality rate known that is caused by the drugs themselves
because there is no "use" in our society.
Because of the war on drugs we have generated an underground
industry comprised of drug dealers. Although
a decent percentage tend to be focused on the best interest of their
clients, the majority are there just to sell a product and provide false
information, teaching youth how to do drugs that will result in addiction
and to spend more money on return visits.
The war on drugs has made our physicians "dumber" and has
bought disgrace to our healthcare system by creating a panic reminiscent
to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
"A" type candidates testing positive for drug use are
denied employment. This has
led to poor performance among American industries where "B" and
"C" candidates become hired for jobs.
Many of these "B" and "C" candidates are more
savvy drug users who know how to beat a drug test.