(click on the graphic below to view zoomed in version if you like)Canadian Centre for Addictions also asked some thought leaders in the addictions industry to add their comments. Here’s what they had to say.
“There is no war on drugs, since one cannot make war on inanimate objects. There is a war on drug users, who are often the most abused and traumatized people in society. In other words, our culture punishes people for having suffered, and for using substances to ease their pain.
And it selectively criminalizes some substance use (for example cannabis) while freely allowing the sale and consumption of far more dangerous and medically harmful addictive substances such as cigarette tobacco or alcohol. Thus our policies lack consistency, lack science lack humanity, and lack rationality. Their failure is a matter of record. It is time for a change.”
— Drug Use, Substance Abuse
“The War on Drugs has been one of the most destructive policies ever unleashed by democratic governments. In the name of fighting crime, the drug war has incarcerated thousands of people, destroyed countless families, and punished even more citizens for victimless offences.
Billions of dollars have been burned trying to regulate people’s drug habits, with nothing to show for it. The greatest victims of this failed policy have been some of the most marginalized groups in society—the poor, as well as black and brown citizens. The greatest beneficiaries of the drug war have been the gangs and cartels, who continue to profit from drugs every year, continue to violently impose their criminal dictates, and who are inadvertently assisted by the unrelenting crackdown on the streets.
As another drug epidemic begins in the form of the heroine crisis—this one largely affecting middle-class whites—it is imperative that the police and the courts learn the lessons of previous battles. Thankfully, law enforcement has responded more gently and sanely in the heroine crisis, as they should.”