Letter to the Editor or Op Ed Submission – We’re Under ATTACK! 8/11/17
America is being victimized by an attack on the scale of the 9/11 attack every three weeks. Massive buildings are not crumbling, and the story is not making the same kinds of headlines that the 9/11 incident did, but the needless deaths are just as real. Massive numbers of Americans are dying, massive numbers of families’ hearts are breaking, and the government seems as powerless to prevent the attacks as it did on 9/11/2001!
I am talking about our opioid epidemic. The numbers of people dying from opioid overdoses equal the number of victims of the 9/11 attack … every three weeks. Like 9/11 it is an attack by well- organized foreign organizations [where do you think the opium comes from?], but with greed as their motive. Ruthless attackers who care nothing about the death and suffering they inflict are attacking every town in the nation.
No wall will keep out the heroin. Neither will our “tough on crime” criminal laws. We have been making that mistake for 40 years. As long as there is a demand, with enormous profits to be made, it will enter. So how do we solve the problem? We follow the lead of Portugal, which decriminalized all drugs 16 years ago. The results? Crime is down, costs are down [the government is making money instead of wasting it on a futile “war on drugs”!], and addiction is way down. The number of heroin addicts was cut in half, with most remaining addicts in a form of treatment. Meanwhile, drug overdose rates have fallen, and Portugal’s overall drug-induced death rates are more than five times lower than the European Union average and contrast sharply with ours, which are exorbitant and climbing. The legislature in Oregon has passed such a measure and it awaits the Governor’s signature.
We need to combine that with meaningful advertising about the real dangers of drugs … what does an egg in a frying pan tell you? Nothing! READ http://www.citizensforcriminaljustice.net/the-power-of-advertising-win-the-war-on-drugs/
We are under attack, America. Our sons, daughters, wives, Moms, uncles … and we need to get smart about fighting back!
Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover, DE 302-423-4067
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