Costly drug war has little, if anything, to show

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    MEXICO CITY - After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

    Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

    "In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

    Last week President Obama promised to "reduce drug use and the great damage it causes" with a new policy that he said treats drug use more as a public health issue and focuses on prevention and treatment.

    Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.

    Kerlikowske, who coordinates all federal anti-drug policies, says it will take time for the spending to match the rhetoric.

    "Nothing happens overnight," he said. "We've never worked the drug problem holistically. We'll arrest the drug dealer, but we leave the addiction."

    His predecessor, John P. Walters, takes issue with that.

    Walters insists society would be far worse today if there had been no War on Drugs. Drug abuse peaked nationally in 1979 and, despite fluctuations, remains below those levels, he says. Judging the drug war is complicated: Records indicate marijuana and prescription-drug abuse are climbing, while cocaine use is way down. Seizures are up, but so is availability.

    "To say that all the things that have been done in the war on drugs haven't made any difference is ridiculous," Walters said. "It destroys everything we've done. It's saying all the people involved in law enforcement, treatment and prevention have been wasting their time. It's saying all these people's work is misguided."


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    As long as there is a buyer there will be a seller. So it is a losing battle....and that is #15. Excuse me I have a link to go post.
     
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    But.......if there weren't a seller there would be no buyer. You're excused.
     

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