Hard Choices, session 8
This week's class was on the War on Drugs.
Culture wars now in the schools. No consensus of what moral values should be taught. Examples: Christopher Columbus, belief in God, is America "uniquely superior", chastity.
There's a need for consensus values.
Is war the right metaphor?
Drugs are a $500 Billion industry.
The town of Christiana, Denmark apparently has no restrictions on drugs. Everything's legal.
Addiction is a health issue, not a criminal one.
Law of supply and demand. Our drug policy is a boomerang - everything we do comes back to hurt us.
No government credibility on drugs.
More people leave prison addicted than enter prison addicted.
60% of federal prisoners are there because of the war on drugs; 25% of state prisoners.
Least harm alternative.
13% of users are black; 63% of inmates are black.
Substance abuse costs $2941 per person to treat and yields a benefit of $9177.
4 Options: 1) Legalize; 2) Decriminalize; 3) Harm Reduction; 4) Law Enforcement.
We spend $20 on law enforcement for every $1 on treatment.
Number one reason kids do drugs is because of peer pressure.
Robin Williams: paraphrase: "Cocaine is Gods way of telling you you have too much money."
Side Issues: Needle Exchange, Bigamy, Prostitution, Porn.
Values. Why aren't people responsible? Nanny State.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving.