From your text:
“The mission of drug courts, which have been evolving since the 1980s, is simply stated: Stop abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity by offenders.
The method, of course, is complex and intense, but results have been impressive nationwide, supported by an expanding body of scientific research, much of it instigated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a federal agency.”
This my friend is less than putting a band aid on a cancer. So long a we think our judicial system can treat the diseased brain of an addict we will get all kinds of statements such as this. The only person more insane than an addict that continues to self medicate with psychoactive drugs is the person trying to make him stop.
The drug laws we have in effect since the Harrison Act of 1914 has disrupted our society to a point we believe we the drugs are causing the problem the laws create. The more we spend trying to stop the ill from relieving themselves of some fire on the brain the more disorder we create. Then, we can put more human effort into causing more disruption. The drug courts are more of the same. If you want to fill a hole, stop digging in it.
Please put a reporter on the murder that happened on Magnolia Street in May. Come back and convince me this crime could have happened if these laws of prohibition were not in effect.
Let us get our thinking back on track.
- Let the treatment alcoholism/drug addiction fall into the hands of the medical professional.
- Let the marketplace of drugs be determine by the products sold, or not sold, via aid of medical professional.
- Use our judicial system to create a more stable society, not less as with these prohibition laws