Decriminalization of all Drugs

The legalization of drugs is an moral problem. One that our government has chosen to handle by imposing harm through punishment and social isolation. How does imprisoning someone by force for possessing and using drugs by choice benefit the person in question?

The philosophy of these actions stem from our federal drug laws that are over 50 years old and which none of them come from evidence based approaches but the assertions of racist and classist leadership. It is no wonder why the opioid epidemic of today is being handled similarly to crack epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s.

As history has shown with alcohol prohibition, markets do not stop existing but give raise to underground markets. These markets are violent, lack quality controls, and reduce the ability for research of substances for applicable treatments.

The enforcement of laws on these underground markets has shattered the civil liberties and 4th Amendment rights for large swaths of the country, mostly minorities.

Cartels and terrorist organizations are left with monopolies on drug markets, converting the government into their protectors, by ensuring they are the only suppliers that can afford to supply the drugs with high interdiction rates. 

Drug control measures have lead to social injustices and destruction of communities as the government makes criminals out of people who choose to do drugs. People who are not hurting anyone but themselves, yet most drug arrest are for possession by causal users.

Drug poisonings are the biggest source of preventable premature deaths, yet we spend billions fortifying borders that fail to stop most drugs from coming directly through ports of entry.

So far carfentanil has shown up in Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida. Meanwhile, fentanyl-related deaths have continued to increase; in Ohio alone deaths from this drug rose over 500% percent. 

It is clear that high rates of drug abuse are an indicator of the broader epidemic of deaths of despair. What is not clear is how the people will answer the moral question that is rapidly costing lives of working and oppressed people.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid, 100 times stronger than Fentanyl and 10,000 time stronger than morphine.

An amount the size of a grain of salt, or 20 micrograms, can kill a human being on contact, either by touch or inhalation.

In 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths, 47,600 (67.8%) involved opioids.

Focus on People Not Drugs.