Now the title to this article ask you a question, and after you read this article I would like for you to leave a truthful comment on were you stand on this topic.
Don’t just take my word on this but also do your own due-diligence on this topic so we can all start with informing our-self so we can begin to be a solution instead of being part of the problem.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”. James Madison.
I founded Angel Face Foundation for someone special that’s an addict, and since my relationship with her I have learned even more from her along with incorporating on my own life experiences.
I truly believe in Mr. Madison, statement above. If at all we are going to win this war, whether it be for an individual, or even greater for our nation. This must start as grassroots movement from within all of us, addicts, family member a friends alike.
And as I do my own due-diligence, I will share with you some of want I leaned.
Since the declaration of a “war on drugs” 40 years ago:
America has spent at least $ 1 trillion on the drug war. It cost U.S. Taxpayers at least $51 billion in just 2009 at the state and federal level. That’s $169 for every man, woman and child in America – and that’s not counting opportunity costs or costs at the local level.
Millions of people have been incarcerated for low – level drug violations, resulting in drastic racial disparities in the privately own for profit prison system, yet drug overdose, addiction and misuse are more prevalent than ever.
Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost to overdose and drug-related disease because cost – effective and lifesaving interventions are not sufficiently available.
The war on drugs drives mass incarceration of Americans:
More than 1 of every 100 Americans adults is behind bars. In 1980, the total U.S. Prison and jail population was about 500,000 – today, it is more than 2.3 million.
The U.S. incarcerated more people than any country in the world, (But We Are A Free Country?) both per capita and in terms of total people behind bars. The U.S. Has less than 5 percent of the world’s populations, yet it has almost 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated Population.
The number of people behind bars for drug law violations rose from 50,000 in 1980 to more than a half of a million today – an 1100% increase.
Drug arrests have more than tripled in the last 25 years, totaling more than 1.63 million arrests in 2010. More than four out of five of these arrests were for mere possession, and forty-six percent of these arrests (750,591) were for marijuana possession alone.
Arrest and incarceration for drugs – even for first time, low-level violations – can result in debilitating collateral consequences for an individual and their family. A conviction for a drug law violation can result in loss of employment, property, public housing, food stamp eligibility, financial aid for college, and the right to vote – even after serving their debt to society!
In both 2008 and 2012, we had a candidate running for the President of the United States. His name was Ron Paul, he was the only one that address this serious issue as the true epidemic with realistic solutions that the establishment did not want out.
It is my humble opinion, that we at the grassroot level need to address this with either finding similar candidates or if not even run for office ourselves.
One thing for sure is that, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very detention of insanity. We as an individual, community a nation really can’t go on being either ignorant, or expecting different results without policy changes.