the war on drugs
drug monopolies

Rat Park drug experiment cartoon

Addiction and the Rat Park experiments

Rats Showed Us the True Cause of Drug Addiction

The root of healing from addiction is connection

Isolation Breeds Addiction — Not Drugs

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered,
and It Is Not What You Think

Prohibition: A war on people that bypass, shirk, evade, circumvent, avoid or otherwise attempt to
sidestep the drug monopolies.

"Drugs are a tragedy for addicts. But criminalizing their use converts that tragedy into a disaster for society, for users and nonusers alike. " - William J. Bennett

"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious." - Mark Twain

"It is possible to stop most drug addiction in the US within a very short time. Simply make all drugs available and sell them at cost. Label each drug with a precise description of what effect - good or bad - the drug will have on the taker. This will require heroic honesty. Don't say that marijuana is addictive or dangerous when it is neither, as millions of people know - unlike "speed," which kills most unpleasantly, or heroin, which can be addictive and difficult to kick." - Gore Vidal, 1970

“Government has no place in prohibiting consumers from buying products to harm themselves.” - Milton Friedman

"The drug war has failed because it defines any use of an illegal drug as abuse in need of treatment, forced if necessary. The drug war has been building for almost 100 years. It began with the flawed logic of social engineers such as Richmond Pearson Hobson and Harry Jacob Anslinger to punish anyone who used or sold drugs they didn't like. As the situation deteriorated, Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon and then Ronald Reagan escalated the war. Academics predicted failure but were ignored." - John Chase

crime spree

"People know the drug war has failed."- Tom Ammiano

A Brief History of the Drug War

drug adiction rate

Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

Its Not A War On Drugs, Its A War On Freedom

6 Brave Researchers Busting The Myths Behind The War On Drugs

Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time DEA spy program

systemic problems


Drug Prohibition: A History

Organized Crime in the 1920's and Prohibition

Prohibition and the Rise of the American Gangster

Prohibition Began 100 Years Ago This Week—And We're Still Paying

remember prohibition ?

The Record Setter

Dr. Carl Hart : 'Crack Wasn't the Real Problem'

The Chemist's War:
US government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition

The DEA's marijuana mistake:
The DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse
block serious research on medical uses of marijuana

DEA Gets Unchecked Access To Call Records;
Taught To Lie About Where They Got Them

As A Psychologist, Here's Why I Changed My Approach To Helping Teens With Addiction


Asset Forfeiture

Stop and seize

Asset seizures fuel police spending

Seizure Fever: The War on Property Rights

Taken: Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven't been charged
with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes

"IF IN DOUBT…TAKE IT!" Behind Closed Doors,
Government Officials Make Shocking Comments About Civil Forfeiture

Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

Police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes

Policing for Profit Visualized: How Big Is Civil Forfeiture?

Federal Appeals Court Rules Cash Seizure Violated Constitution

Innocent College Student’s Life Savings Seized by Feds

280 Editorials Call For Civil Forfeiture Reform

cannabis never was a gateway

Alcohol as a gateway drug:
a study of US 12th graders

"In March 1999, the Institute of Medicine Report (IOM) found that marijuana has no significant addictive potential. The report notes that "few marijuana users develop dependence "and if there are withdrawal symptoms, they are "mild and short-lived." The IOM report also stated that "the gateway theory is a social theory. The latter does not suggest that the pharmacological qualities of cannabis/marijuana make it a risk factor for progression to other drug use. Instead, it is the legal status of marijuana that makes it a gateway drug." In other words, the real "gateway" to hard drugs is marijuana prohibition, not marijuana!" - Jack Herer

"When I was growing up I heard innumerable times that marijuana was a 'gateway' drug that was very likely to cause the user to graduate to harder drugs. In elementary school I had peers who said, "Take 2 aspirin and wash them down with Coca-Cola. It will give you a nice high." Over-the-counter painkillers are probably the most widely abused drugs of all. And if the over-the-counter painkillers have been abused why not abuse the prescription medications in mom's medicine cabinet?

When I finish elementary school and started junior high school it was a whole new story. These boys and girls were braver and more experienced - they had begun using drugs already. And need you really ask the which drugs were being used? Those that were the most easily accessible - tobacco and alcohol. Cigarettes were number one with cheap wine and beer a close second. And of course there was already quite a few that were dipping into Mom's medicine cabinet and Dad's liquor cabinet." - Athbhreith Athbheochan

alcohol prohibition

"Particularly alarming is the 212% increase from 1992 to 2003 in the number of 12 to 17 year olds abusing prescription medications, and the number of teens trying these drugs for the first time." - Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse chairman and president Joseph A. Califano Jr.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration says nearly 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription medications, noting that is "more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants combined." The DEA also reports that "opioid painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined."

"People need to stand up and take notice. Our kids are dying. They're dying because of these drugs." - Lynn Kissick

22 year-old Savannah Kissick overdosed on a combination of painkillers and sedatives while celebrating New Year's Eve.

In 2008 at least 485 people died in Kentucky including Savannah Kissick from prescription medication overdoses of methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone, alprazolam (Xanax), opium, diazepam (Valium®) and fentanyl.

"It's an epidemic and I'm afraid we're losing a whole generation," said Beth Lewis Maze, the Chief Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit in Kentucky.

"We are drowning in a sea of prescription medication. It affects, quite literally, every kind, every type of crime that we have, the burglaries, the thefts, the accidents, the domestic disputes between families. It's breaking families up." - Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper

The US Drug Enforcement Agency states that stolen or illegal purchased prescription medications are a favorite of high school and college students.

"From the time kids are old enough to turn on the television, the public airwaves encourage teens and anyone watching television to drink alcohol." - Gary Cifra

So the real gateway drug is not and has never been marijuana. The real gateway drug are over-the-counter 'cold remedies', over-the-counter painkillers and prescribed controlled drugs followed by cigarette tobacco, beer, wine and liquor. These drugs are easily accessible to anyone.

"Wide availability and peer pressure makes it almost inevitable that everyone will use drugs at some time." - Peter Moulding

"The first time I ever got "high" was on prescribed codeine (methylmorphine - codeine sulfate and codeine phosphate) for a head injury. The first illegal drug I ever purchased was a "rack of whites", amphetamines, in middle school." - Athbhreith Athbheochan

Since 1999 teen abuse of Coricidin, Robitussin and other common over the counter medications has risen 10 fold. 'Robotrippin' by middle school students is increasing at 50% per year. The key ingredient is DXM, Dex or dexmethorphan.

Lucia Martino, a 16 year old user and one of about 2.4 million teens that have used Dex, died of an overdose in September 2006. American consumers spent $4.5 billion in 2005 on 'cold remedies' There is no remedy for a viral cold infection - 'cold remedies' merely treat symptoms!

"It's been corporate policy for at least 18 years that every new hire excrete on command while a rubber-gloved nurse waits outside with her ear plastered to the door. Those who test positive for illegal drugs don't get their promised job, on grounds that someone who can't stay off the stuff long enough to pass a one-time, advance-notice screening might have a problem. This despite the fact that we generally don't operate machinery heavier than a coffee pot, aren't likely to sell our secrets to blackmailing Russkies and are supposed to be at least theoretically representative of typical Americans. Because guess what? The typical American - and just about every journalist I've ever asked - has already tried marijuana at least once before the age of 25, according to the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. What's more, despite 35 years and billions of dollars worth of taxpayer financed propaganda to the contrary, most of those who've inhaled didn't collapse through the "gateway" into desperate heroin addiction or "Traffic"style sex slavery." - Matt Welch

"When drug treatment doesn't work thats because it's an incorrect solution. The real issue is social justice and equal access to housing, employment, wealth, healthcare, psychotherapy, education, legal services - all the things that most middle-class Americans take for granted. Yet we persist with behavior modification, requiring poor or socially marginalized drug users who are self-medicating serious personal problems to stop applying the balm before addressing the source of their pain."- Paul Cherashore

destroying lives

How Hemp Threatens the Corporatocracy

Creating a Crime: How the CIA Commandeered the DEA

1 in 10 teenagers continue to abuse prescription medications according to the
federally funded annual survey by the University of Michigan in 2005.

drug warrior


Over 40,000 Cases Tainted By "Rogue Chemist"

New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

Forensic experts may be biased by the side that retains them

Forensic Scientist Admits Stealing Drug Evidence

A Junk Decision on Warrantless DNA Collection


Michigan Creates 'Bogus Crimes' by Conflating Cannabis Extracts With Synthetic THC

New York State Crime Lab Tainted by Incompetence, Corruption, Indifference

Over 7,800 Prosecutions Questioned After NJ Lab Tech Caught Faking Results

Forged Drug Test Results May Free Tens of Thousands From Prison

The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

When DNA Implicates the Innocent

DNA Testing: Foolproof?

The problem with DNA

Scientists say forensics needs more actual science

"I started in the war on drugs at the very beginning. I went undercover in 1970. I worked the first 14 years undercover. I have followed the war on drugs ever since. When I retired I felt bad about my role in implementing what today I consider an unjust war on drugs. The war on drugs was coined and forged by Richard Nixon in 1968. As the federal funding started pouring in, we went from a seven-man unit to a 76-person bureau of narcotics. When you increase any organization by 11 times overnight, you set up a great deal of expectations, and since cops are judged mainly on the number of arrests they make, the expectation was that in the coming year we'd arrest at least 11 times as many people for non-violent drug offense as we did the year before. We were supposed to arrest drug users: Not an easy job in 1970 for several reasons. First, we didn't really have much of a drug problem in 1970. Those of us old enough to look back to those times, we know the main problem was soft drugs: marijuana, hashish, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD - the mind-altering drugs. We targeted young folks, folks in high school or college or in between, little friendship groups, because there were no drug dealers. And our bosses didn't know how to fight a war on drugs, which was a problem. But they knew one thing: They knew how to work that federal cash cow. So they had to make the war on drugs look like it was an absolute necessity. We started arresting everybody we could put our fingers on. I infiltrated a group of maybe 15 young people. Friday night, school's out, work's out, somebody'd say "You wanna get high?" And a few people would take them up on that, and of course I was always there to take them up on that. One of the friends who happened to have access to the family car could go and get drugs — because I was working the suburbs and there just were no drugs in the suburbs; you had to go to New York City to get them — and he'd ask what do you want? One person says get me a couple joints, one says get me some acid, and when they came to me I'd put my order in too, for this tiny bit of substance. An hour later they'd come back and hand this stuff out to their friends. And when they handed it to me they became a big-time drug dealer. And I would stay in that group until I got everybody in the group. Which was easy because whoever made the run before didn't want to do it again; they weren't even getting gas money. These were just young people accommodating each other. In 2002 I sat down with four other police officers and we decided we were going to try and do something. We decided first - what should law enforcement people be trying to do? We boiled it down to the very essence - we were interested in reducing the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction.And sadly, folks, all four of those categories are just made infinitely worse by the war on drugs itself. We decided we wanted to end drug prohibition, just like we ended alcohol prohibition in 1933. As law enforcement we knew that the very day after we ended that terrible law, Al Capone and all his smuggling buddies were out of business. They were no longer out on the streets, killing each other to try and control that lucrative business. They were no longer killing us cops trying to fight that useless war. They were no longer killing our children caught in crossfire and drive-by shootings: all the things we have today. We knew that if we came up with a system of legalized regulation of drugs today we could take all the violence out of this equation. All of it. And if we treated drug abuse we could actually start helping these people instead of destroying their lives. We've already spent more than a trillion dollars on the war on drugs, since 1970. And what do we have to show for that money? And by the way, it's $69 billion more every year that we'll throw down the same rathole. After 37 years we've made over 38 million arrests for non-violent drug offenses. We've quadrupled the number of people in our prisons in a twenty-year period. We've made building prisons the fastest-growing industry in the US. Despite all this money spent, and all these lives destroyed, today drugs are cheaper, they're more potent and they're easier for our children to access than they were in 1970 when I started buying them as an undercover agent. In 1969 you could count the number of arrests for non-violent drug offenses in the tens of thousands. That first year when we started this campaign that number went up to 415,000. If we were doing anything to interdict drugs, the price would go up, not down, right? The supply would go down, not up. Instead, when I was a young trooper in 1970, kicking down doors and executing search warrants a good seizure for a local cop might be an ounce of cocaine or a quarter-ounce of heroin. Look at what we're seizing today. In 2002, in a single seizure we seized ten tons of heroin and in another single seizure 20 tons of cocaine. That's a failed policy, with unintended consequences any way you look at it." - Jack Cole, 26 year veteran New Jersey State Police, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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