I know more about drug users in Montgomery County. I think that if you could somehow do a surprise drug test for everyone in Montgomery County you would find out that about 25% of the population use marijuana on a regular basis.
I’m not talking about kids here; I’m talking about their parents and grandparents. They are what Narcotics Anonymous would call “functioning addicts”. They are mostly professionals, engineers, doctors, lawyers, almost anyone that does not work at a low level job that requires drug testing. They use at home and the only time the majority have contact with the police is when they get a parking ticket.
I don’t think Montgomery County is unusual. When you overlay the “War on Drugs” on this basic reality of USA society; hypocrisy is an understatement.
The “War on Drugs” may have begun as a noble experiment. I think the “War on Drugs” is now primarily a way for drug dealers and law enforcement to profit from addiction.
The drug dealers and drug gangs came out of Prohibition. Until Prohibition gangsters were only local. Prohibition gave them an opportunity go international and when Prohibition finally came down the gangsters made the switch to narcotics.
We are treating a medical problem called addiction by arresting the addicts. Each time we make the penalties higher for addicts we make the profits higher for the international gangsters that sell drugs. Each time we confiscate a big drug shipment we drive the price and profits up. Most of the arms that growers in South America use come from the USA and the South American drug growers are better armed than the police that go after them.
We made OxyContin a priority drug, I think, mostly to frighten MD’s and made high jacking truckloads of drugs coming out of drug manufacturers profitable for drug sellers. Make it illegal and you make it profitable.
And, because of the corrupting influence of the enormous profits some of our public officials play both sides. (Read-Police, Politics, Corruption-the mixture dangerous to freedom and justice by Col Frank McKetta, retired PA State Police.)
It looks like Vice President Joe Biden and the Obama Administration are coming to grips with that reality. A. Thomas McLellan from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and scientific director of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia was appointed to the government’s No. 2 drug-control official. When he was at the Veteran’s Hospital in Coatesville, PA he developed a universally used measuring stick for identifying alcoholism known as “3-14”:
The New York Times
Addiction on 2 Fronts: Work and Home
By By SARAH KERSHAW