Monday, May 25, 2009

The "war on drugs" - is there even a question anymore?

The War on Drugs has languished on at one level or another for more than half a century. This film from 1938 showcases the often downright silly demonization of marijuana by government propaganda. Critics of the War on Drugs, such as Milton Friedman, have long argued that the DEA is the drug lord's and pharmaceutical company's best friend. By keeping pain-relief drugs scarce, prices are driven up and profit margins remain swollen.

Today in Oregon, deaths due to overdoses of legal drugs have surpassed deaths due to overdoses of illegal drugs. There are two possible explanations for this. Either deaths due to illegal drug OD have gone down so much that they are below the long-term OD rate of legal drugs or the OD rate of legal drugs has increased. Deaths due to illegal drug OD have not drastically declined.

Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith Kline - these are the names of the biggest kingpins supplying the drug addicts of this country. It won't be much longer before this plain fact cannot be hidden anymore. The drug war has nothing to do with preventing drug use and everything to do with limiting supply, squashing competition and maintaining high prices and large profit margins.

Just how much more deadly do the legal druglords of this country have to become before America wakes up and realizes what's really going on?

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