THE WAR ON DRUGS
Here is a phrase that gets tossed around quite often, “The war on drugs.” This phrase actually came from the Reagan Administration, when First Lady Nancy Reagan pioneered the War on Drugs in 1983.
President Trump is suggesting stiffer penalties for certain individuals who are convicted of dealing drugs. This could include the death penalty. According to Trump, “If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time.” Trump went on to say that dealers “will kill thousands of people during their lifetime” but won’t be punished for the carnage they cause. He went on to say that this punishment would be only used against the “big pushers, the ones who are really killing people.”
Muskogee, Oklahoma is the epicenter of the drug crisis in Oklahoma. Cody McDonell, the State of Oklahoma’s health department public information officer said, “The 2016 county-level data from the Oklahoma Prescription Monitoring Program indicates the opioid prescribing rate for Muskogee County is 38% higher than the state average.”
The War on Drugs represents a failed and flawed view of addiction as a moral deficiency. Addiction is not a moral failure, but incarcerating addicts is. Is Prison really a solution?