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The War On Drugs Is a Failure

To celebrate 4-20, A bi-partisan panel of politicians somehow come to a unanimous agreement that The War on Drugs is totally effed up. Guest Starring Kevin S...
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Again, another link that will prove that the war on drugs is a waste of time since it is failing drastically. It is failure because it has done nothing to stop the use of drugs. Instead, it has done the exact opposite. It has increased the levels of illegal drug activity. People often do things just because they're bad and that they are not allowed. They like the thrill of being a rebel. But trying to win a war on drugs by making it all illegal, the drugs addicts and users find more thrill in getting the drugs across to other people and then feeling like the drugs have a stronger effect and more "enjoyable" effect because of all the trouble it took to get the drug. This article is for people for think that the war on drugs is actually working, because its not... It really is not.  

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:53 PM

Iv'e see comments like this throughout the years. That the only reason we have a war on drugs is because of the war on drugs. People do drugs because theyre illegal, they weren't made illegal because people abused them. This article is for thsoe who thing that drugs are public enemy number one. Because they aren't. 

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What's So Bad About Casual Drug Use? - TIME

What's So Bad About Casual Drug Use? - TIME | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
What's So Bad About Casual Drug Use? TIME Rather than arguing whether such figures are hypocrites (Radel voted in favor of mandatory drug testing for food-stamp beneficiaries) or debating how they should attempt damage control (he's also pledged to...
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Casual drug use leads to more addictions. Especially when public figures are seen with drug possessions and charges, the teenagers that look up to them will feel the need to experiment as well. Although the stats reported in this article say that at least 50% of the people have tried drugs, most don't go on to become addicts. However, there is still a portion that goes to become addicts. This can only be rubbed off and more people will try to experiment and become under the influence. That will result in more addicts than originally stated. This article is aimed mostly towards the general public who think that everyone who tried an illegal drug once will become an addict automatically. The article reports many stats that will hopefully clean up some false accusations and misconceptions. 

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Russell Brand: Treat drug addicts in a compassionate & empathetic way - Question Time

Russell Brand Question Time.
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Treating drug addicts in a compassionate way would be a good idea. Instead of sticking them in prisons or mental health facilities, treating them in an empathetic way might have more effect on them. It would make them feel more humane and like they have a purpose in life, rather than they have gone down a path and that there is no way back for them. Treating them like they're only humans who have made bad decisions and mistakes will make them feel like they really do have a chance to get better. 

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Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers - Dayton Daily News

Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers - Dayton Daily News | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
Dayton Daily News
Ohio's war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian's office.
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Honestly, knowing that there are some people in the world who would abuse their pets to acquire drugs, I am slowly losing faith in humanity. I do not even understand what level of addiction a person goes to in order to hurt a poor animal to attain drugs. It does not make sense. The doctors said that they would be able to figure out if the animal had been abused in the first place, but there are still people who will go to extents to inject their pets with serious illnesses to acquire the stronger drugs. There are many crazy people out in the world. I think this article relates more to vets because they have to become more aware of the signs of abuse especially if the treatment requires heavy drugs. Especially if the owner looks suspicous and has a chance of being a drug dealer. 

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Leaked U.N. Document Highlights Drug War Dissent - Forbes

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Leaked U.N. Document Highlights Drug War Dissent
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The EU is also pushing hard for the draft to emphasise the need for drug-dependence treatment and care options for offenders as an alternative to incarceration.
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I think its a good idea to do the whole "legalize drugs" thing because some people do drugs BECAUSE its illegal and they can get a thrill out of being a "rebel". When people know that they are allowed to do something, they lose the thrill so they don't do it as often. 

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Drug Addiction: No Victim, No Crime? - Evening Sun (subscription) (blog)

Drug Addiction: No Victim, No Crime? - Evening Sun (subscription) (blog) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Drug Addiction: No Victim, No Crime? Evening Sun (subscription) (blog) I would like to quote a report written by a Stanford University student, because I think it is well-written and sums up the issues with the “War on Drugs” clearly, succinctly...
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This article puts it plain and simple that the "War on Drugs" is clearly not working. The article lists things that the war has done on the other hand: 1) Put half a million people in prison: $10 Billion a year 2) Spent billions annually for expanded law enforcement 3) Increased violence and death (in gang turf wars, overdoses from uncontrolled drug potency & shared needles/AIDS) 4) Eroded civil rights (property can be confiscated from you BEFORE you are found guilty; search and wiretap authority has expanded) 5) Enriched criminal organizations. The article also states that it is important for something and some other solution to be come up with now, because if something significant doesn't happen now, it probably won't happen in the future. This article is aimed mostly towards people who think that the war on drugs is working slowly but surely, but in reality, it isn't. This article gives stats and facts from previous events that prove why this "war" isn't working. 

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New painful casualties of the drug war - New York Post

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New painful casualties of the drug war
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Thanks to a thoroughly misguided move by federal drug bureaucrats, many Americans are going to have to live with needless pain.
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I really don't think this is fair for people who actually have pain and are prescribed these medicines... It makes it more difficult to acquire even if the pain if from a small surgery and not major, but the patient's previous uses for medicines have created a higher tolerance for narcotics such as Vicoden. The article acknowledged that drug addicts will figure out a way to get their fix in any way that they possibly can. They can choose more dangerous methods and end up exposing kids and more people to different ways of drug addiction. 

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Mum, can I have a sip of your wine: How dangerous is alcohol for children? - Express.co.uk

Mum, can I have a sip of your wine: How dangerous is alcohol for children? - Express.co.uk | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Mum, can I have a sip of your wine: How dangerous is alcohol for children?
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This article doesn't relate completely to drug addictions, but to alcohol addictions which can also be like a drug. In the UK, VERY YOUNG CHILDREN start drinking alcohol. Legally, a 5 year old can be given a beer in a supervised household......... Which is just messed up. The article also talks about how to have the "drink talk" with the children and started from age 8............ Again, messed up. If having these talks about alcohol at a young age occur, it is allowing them permission. Laws against underage drinking should be placed. Not allowing anyone under 18 AT LEAST to drink. Alcohol addiction can lead to them trying new things like drugs. 

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Ocean County's War on Drugs Continues Tonight [AUDIO] - New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Ocean County's War on Drugs Continues Tonight [AUDIO] - New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Ocean County's War on Drugs Continues Tonight [AUDIO] New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio Since taking the helm of the department earlier this year, Coronato has spearheaded a campaign to get the word out about the growing problem of drug abuse, cracked down...
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I think this article does  a good job of expressing the idea that going to schools and talking about the effects of drugs is a fantastic idea. It gets more word out that way. Also, it reaches out to kids and warns them not to do drugs BEFORE they can get to the point where they are given a yes or no decision and choose yes. It is harder to get kids to stop doing drugs rather than just telling them and teaching them to just say no in the first place. 

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Redefining Citizenship Can End the War on Drugs - OpEdNews

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Redefining Citizenship Can End the War on Drugs
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Although the majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white; three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been black or Latino.
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This article tries to combine the number of people in jail for drug possession with the race and tries to make some statistics. While they may be true, it is not necessarily just based off of race. The article blames the percent comparasions on our society and how we accept that more blacks and latinos be put in jail rather than whites. However, that is not true. The society actually does not have an opinion of who gets arrested. While the stats may show true, it doesn't mean that it is all society's fault. 

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