The words of an author and servant to the many suffering alcoholics.
“You can’t make a horse drink water if he still prefers beer or is too crazy to know what he does want. Set a pail of water beside him, tell him how good it is and why, and leave him alone.
“If people really want to get drunk, there is, so far as I know, no way of stopping this —- so leave them alone and let them get drunk. But don’t exclude them from the water pail, either”
Taking the words into consideration (which I believe to be accurate), the drug courts are worthless. No alcoholic or drug addict will recovery from this malady until HE makes the decision ON HIS OWN to seek recovery. This is too complicated an illness to be treated in a court system. Punishment for bad behavior must be applied, NOT FOR THE USE OF A SUBSTANCE. The courts should absolve themselves from an individual use of a product or not, as stated in the above quotation.
The Medical Arts community determined years ago they cannot treat this illness, so why in the hell do we think the courts can.
The new drug czar is right, end the “war on drugs
However I think it a flawed policy to think the justice system can cure drug addiction or alcoholism as stated here:
Kerlikowske has his own long law-enforcement career to draw on, but he was also exposed to successful(sic) use of drug courts in King County, which work to steer those convicted toward help and away from being locked up. National experience with diversion and drug courts found them to be half as expensive as prison time.
This approach to may be less expensive than our present system of imprisonment from our drug prohibition laws but it is just as misdirected. We should have policies that separate crime from drug use. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. We should use our justice to punish bad behavior not for being addicted. Armed robbery is armed robbery, what does drug use have to do with it. Compassion such as this nor added flame has no place in justice system, JUSTICE IS BLIND.
We have two thoughts on the Drug Issue. The first is,”Tough on crime.” The second compassion, “We can rehabilitate these folks.” Both are WRONG.
The first group have given us drug prohibition laws with 2.500,000 individuals in prison. The second has given us drug courts and 7,000,000 in the system of rehabilitation.
The cause of addiction is UNKOWN. It could be one reason or it could be a 1,000, but, I am sure accessibly to the product or lack thereof is NOT one of them. 100 years experimenting with these prohibition laws has proved that.
Lou Dobbs was throwing out statistics last night (5-14-09) on CNN about Prohibited Drugs most of which would not exit if the prohibition laws did not exist.
The most insane one was 4 million American are addicted to drugs. Well, that is about 1 in 75 Americans, however it was estimated in 1914 when The Harrison Narcotics Act was put in place the number was 1 in 400. Which way are we going anyway?
Another was 12,000 addicts die from infected needles. Well, I wonder about that figure. Addicts die from a lot of causes. But, here again what would happen in a normal capitalistic system of supply and demand. Many people died from bathtub gin and moonshine distilled in car radiators during alcohol prohibition but today those products do not compete very well with Jim Bean and Jack Daniels.
He gave more but I am old and I forgot!!
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