The United States has 5% of the world population and 75% (legal and illegal) of the prescription drug users. (The National Institute of Drug Abuse)
The Toddler in Chief has proposed a permanent “fix” for drugs. Of course, that fix doesn’t include regulating the pharmaceutical companies or claiming any of their profits for rehabilitation or related programs.
At a time when 141 countries no longer have the death penalty and US prisoners on death row have been proven factually innocent, Trump wants to expand the death penalty to drug crimes. He wants to turn America into Duterte’s Philippines. He wants to go beyond criminalizing possession and use. He wants to kill people. He wants to kill people for non-violent crimes. The people that he claims need killing, the drug supplier and importers, will remain insulated just like Big Pharma. And those people actually killed will be people of color, the poor and the powerless.
A better solution is to decriminalize all use and possession of drugs, provide evaluation and treatment, and keep non-violent citizens productive. Portugal decriminalized drugs possession of all drugs in 2001. Glenn Greenwald, the attorney and author who conducted the research [for the Cato Institute], told Time: “Judging by every metric, drug decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success. It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country.” What we need to learn is that drugs are a health problem … not a moral problem. As long as it is a moral problem, it will be something to punish. (I believe “pro-life” advocates are actually treating pregnancy as a punishment for being sexually active. Since abortion negates the punishment, it cannot be allowed. Carried to the extreme, this is also why sex education and birth control are also “morally” wrong.)
We have some hope that the “war on drugs” is failing and loosing momentum with the widespread state decriminalization of marijuana. The states will need to hold their ground until the policy becomes federal. We will all have to keep speaking out.
Information from Wikipedia: Drug liberalization