What's happened to the 'War on Drugs'

Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to declare a “war on drugs” in 1971 during heightened use of narcotics in the United States (Politico). The term is less used now, though the country faces a far worse narcotic crisis in opioids. (New York Times). 

The Center for Disease Control reported that roughly 63,600 people died from opioids in 2016. This number includes deaths from heroin use. That figure is higher than the number of fatalities in car accidents. The White House says the opioid crisis is a priority of the administration.

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  • The effect of 95 percent cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, home of the ‘drug czar,” to drug treatment and drug court. Source: Politico (Charlie Turner). 
  • “The phenomenon of addiction lies in an individual’s relationship to the drug.” (Frank Salvatini). 
  • Are opioids the most effective pain killer?
  • Comparison with political tactics used to try harm reduction in Portugal, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
  • After Alcohol’s clear lessons, chiefly relating to the rise of violent organized crime as the ironic result of legislating morality, who are the remaining Prohibitionists?

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