Drug War Propaganda

Just went fishing for the latest in war on drugs propaganda from the white house.

The science in this study is a joke. They point out that less kids admit to having used drugs and then give the credit to the widespread increase in school drug testing programs. Never mind the fact that when presented with a police state atmosphere at schools, kids may be less honest about their activities.

I am no fan of kids using drugs or alcohol. However, I feel the crux of the issue is misinformation about drugs, i.e. reefer madness, that gives kids a fundamental misunderstanding of the relative dangers of different drugs. In other words a kid may smoke pot, find it quite harmless, and then say why not try meth? And if booze is legal, why not down a fifth of jack and puke your guts out?  The illegality of pot contributes to its gateway phenomenon. So whenever some utterly hypocritical bastard tells you pot is a gateway drug, tell them that if it was legal, it would not be a gateway. The logic is pretty simple…is it not?

  • Madman

    Once legal it would be a gateway to a happier life, and for many a healthier existence. How truly horrible and terrifying.

    The real problem is the hypocrisy, of course…tell kids its going to kill them, when it doesn’t they realize you’re full of shit and jig is up.

    “Tell the children the truth” -Bob Marley

  • M.Uila

    Here’s an interesting link I came across:

    What should the new Administration know about drugs?

    Some highlights:

    4. Methamphetamine still a major problem in some areas, and continuing its spread to new areas, but the exponential-growth phase of the epidemic is largely over. High prevalence in some criminal justice populations. Evidence of more persistence of problem use than was true in previous meth epidemics.

    5. Cannabis prevalence holding steady. Age-at-first-use still distressingly low (middle school). Increased numbers of treatment entries, perhaps due to higher potency and/or higher ratio of THC to cannabidiol.

    6. “Medical marijuana” is now big business in California, despite some Federal enforcement efforts. Reports of high-status parents routinely acquiring “recommendations” to protect their children from arrest. Research and development efforts on medical use of whole cannabis (e.g., using a vaporizer to minimize lung damage), cannabis extracts (Sativex), or specific molecules still stalled by regulatory roadblocks and lack of funding.

    8. Prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, most illicit drugs among adolescents down noticeably over the decade, but with declines seemingly flattening out. The illicit-drug numbers are dominated by cannabis.

    11. Drug-related arrests and incarceration not falling, likely still rising along with the rest of the prison population; about half a million behind bars for drug-defined crime. Drug convictions account for more than half the Federal prison population, and drug prisoners have led to the development of gang and violence problems in the high-security parts of Federal prison system that resemble the problems in some of the bad state prisons. Drug prisoners still overwhelmingly African-American and Latino.

    12. Tobacco consumption and prevalence down noticeably after Master Settlement and the subsequent wave of tax increases.

    13. Alcohol volume trending back up over the past decade after a period of gradual decline. Alcohol still accounts for more than 80% of the substance abuse disorder and the bulk of drug-related illness and violence. Taxes still at historically low levels; strong evidence that alcohol use, including problem use, is sensitive to tax rates. No real effort to deny access to problem users (e.g., convicted drunk drivers and drunken assailants). Some progress against adolescent DUI via zero-BAC laws. Massive prevalence of false ID (50%?) among those just below the legal drinking age.

    18. Developments in enforcement methods: low-arrest drug markets crackdowns (e.g., High Point) may point the way to shrinking both street drug markets and incarceration rates.

    19. No noticeable progress in the efficacy of prevention as delivered; DARE remains dominant in the schools and useless, national media campaign not much better. Some evidence that general-purpose efforts to reduce risk behaviors (e.g., the “good behavior game”) may be effective.

    20. Afghanistan still being wrecked by poppy growing and poppy eradication efforts; impact on U.S. drug problem is trivial.

    21. Mexico continues to supply large volumes of cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and methamphetmaine to the U.S. market. Drug market violence in Mexican border cities now amounting to virtual civil war, with thousands dead and no guarantee that the government, even using the military, will prevail. Increased enforcement pressure seems to be forcing some of the traffic into the Caribbean. Increased enforcement against Caribbean smuggling may shift the problem back towards Mexico. Enforcement planning rarely considers such effects. Some undetermined amount of the Mexican bad guys’ guns come from the U.S.

  • M.Uila

    P.S. The White House report is embarrassing garbage. This George Bush legacy building crap will not stand, man!