Our goal is to present the important pieces of the war on drugs such that everyone can understand the big issues within a few minutes.
But, there is a lot more to it, and if you’re interested, we’d recommend reading more into it. There are a lot of resources out there, and this page is a good start.
Short 15 minute TED talk about addiction:
Decriminalization vs. Legalization
It’s very important to note the difference.
Decriminalization is the abolition of criminal penalties for the use of certain drugs (within a defined limit), but leaves intact associated laws and regulations. While decriminalized acts are no longer crimes under local or state law, they may still be the subject of penalties under federal law; for example a monetary fine in place of a criminal charge for the possession of a decriminalized drug (?).
Legalization removes all or most legal detriments from a previously illegal act, such as using a drug, producing a drug, carrying a drug, etc.
Websites & Organizations:
- DrugWarFacts.org – comprehensive information on various drugs and studies related to the drug war.
- StoptheDrugWar.org – news, updates, and more regarding progress in stopping the war on drugs.
- DrugPolicy.org – Similar to the above, promoting action to end the war on drugs.
- Quartz Story on helping addicts
- War on drugs – at $1 trillion failure – by CNN
- After 40 Years, Illicit Drug Use is at an All Time High
Have a bit more time? To start, here’s a podcast you can listen to (1 hour, 21 minutes):
The graphic above shows a steep increase in incarcerations not long after US President Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number 1”, adding to the big war on drugs.
The intention was for the “prevention of new addicts, and the rehabilitation of those who are addicted” (?). However, though the US currently spends $50+ annually on the war on drugs the number of addicts has not fallen. The US leads the way, and many countries just follow.