Savagely Stolen News: Drugs in America

This is stolen from Reuters. Click to read the rest.

U.S. leads world in substance abuse, WHO finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States leads the world in rates of experimenting with marijuana and cocaine despite strict drug laws, World Health Organization researchers said on Tuesday.

Countries with looser drug laws have lower rates of abuse, the researchers report in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.

No commentary here, other than it is interesting that less restriction and more tolerance seems to equal less use.

Cheers,

Tom

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2 responses to “Savagely Stolen News: Drugs in America

  1. A lot of our problems as a Nation with drugs, and alcohol would be solved to a great deal if we just let go of our puritanical past.

    Same goes with the stigma that surrounds sex. Our schools would rather teach auto mechanics than body mechanics. Imagine the kind of country we could have if we could just teach our children about their bodies. Not just one, 5 day course in high school (if you’re lucky), but every couple of years. Teach them about their bodies as their bodies grow.

    Yeah, I know, just call me Polly Anna.

  2. jsknow

    It’s time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition.
    How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost?
    Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs!
    Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence.
    The year alcohol prohibition was repealed violent crime fell by 65 percent.

    The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war.

    In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs but there’s way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates. Drugs today are more potent, more readily available and often less expensive than they were in the early 70’s when Richard Nixon started the war on drugs. Every time you look at the news you see more and more drug busts involving bigger and bigger quantities of drugs, not less and less… doesn’t that call for change?

    There’s only been one drug success story in US history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

    The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

    If you are called for jury duty and you don’t agree with the law the person is charged with, you have the right to vote not guilty, no matter what evidence is produced. Jurors implementing this right in all non-violent drug cases will shut down the ridiculous laws of prohibition. One juror in each case is all it takes. The bottom line is a juror has the right to judge not only the accused person but the law the person is accused of breaking. Don’t be intimidated stick to your position.

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