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Rest in Peace,
I’ve always thought the term “war on drugs” set the wrong tone. It was a “war” set to fail. I dated a DEA officer in the 70′s shot in the back when he entered a known drug ring’s apartment. They never found the partner who did it, who decided the money on the other side was too hard to resist. He told me that he thought it was futile as long as there were people to buy there would people to harvest and sell.
So, depleting demand should change the need for supply in theory.
Mansfield is correct until there is a bed for every addict needing and wanting it with the help to find a job (usually a futile attempt since there is probably a felony record in the person’s past and when there are 5 people for every job available not much chance of it happening) and a reason for staying clean, usually reconnecting with a family worn down by years of promises broken, law enforcement will be asked to clean up the messes so they are kept out of sight, not eradicated.
And now, with the added, addiction caused by prescription painkillers, who wouldn’t go to the cheaper and more readily available heroin on the streets?
I think I finally get why the drug dealers in my neighborhood are so busy at 8 am and 5 pm- a steady stream of SUVs and late model cars pull up, a driver or passenger hops out, knocks on a door or talks to a kid on a bicycle, and 5 minutes later they pull away.
And, before you say that law enforcement does nothing, let me tell you that the battle rages on in my neighborhood and across the city. But, just like the potholes in Cleveland there are priorities, many cases just wouldn’t make it to court and if it did because of overcrowding of jails, treatment facilities, the penny ante dealer will soon be back on the streets.
Until we treat drug addiction as a SOCIAL ill instead of a criminal one, I don’t think much will change.
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