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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Newsflash: Risks Associated with Drug Use

These stories are all the same, no matter what major news outlet produces it. Take a drug abuser, find out that s/he began with marijuana at a young age. Go on to detail the destructive path that their life has taken -- hard drugs abused, crime and violence the tools to stay high. Mix in the common misconceptions and straw man arguments; marijuana is more potent now than it was 30 years ago, it's is a gateway drug and physically addictive. Drug abuser A now has reached a point in their life where they have the ability to look back on their life -- full of bad choices and poor behavior -- and tell us what the root of the problem was and how other people should live their life. Because that's the type of person you want giving advice. A former drug addict. Right. Think it might not have anything to do with the guy's family and upbringing?
Finally, Gardner says, his parents persuaded him to enter an inpatient treatment program in Winchester, Va. They spoke from experience. When he was 8, Gardner says, his father stopped using drugs while in prison for possession. "My mom got clean while he was in prison."
Or his personality.
"By 16, when I got my license, it turned into a fairly everyday thing," says Gardner, now 24. "I believe it is very addictive, especially for people with addictive personalities."
They invariably miss the most important part. The simple idea that individuals have the ability to make decisions more effectively then some centralized power who is making the same decision for 300 million people. If you let that philosophy play out on a large scale, we consistently see that overall outcomes are more positive than restricting the freedom of choice.

Did prohibition stop drug abuser A from abusing drugs? Of course not. As a matter of fact, this case is similar to most who abuse drugs. They are arrested and jailed for their drug use more than once, but even the repercussions of the law does not stop them from using drugs. What about the person who is forced to use alcohol or prescription pills because other alternatives are illegal? What about users who are injured, killed, arrested or otherwise harassed because the drug is illegal and pushed on a black market?

It's clear what prohibition does not prevent. It's a bit harder to figure out what prohibition does prevent.

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