Addiction Recovery

America is Moving in the Right Direction on Drugs

April 10, 2017 Dave 0

People tell me my idea for reforming our criminal justice controls on drug use by setting up a use tolerant system with coach and extra-legal control measures will meet tough resistance from the prohibitionists. Of […]

Adult Drug Use

A Radical Reform

March 11, 2017 Dave 0

In a new book, coming soon, (Making Peace with Drugs) I dilate further on the reform system I proposed in Kill the Drug Trade. Drug users would be allowed to buy drugs in a controlled […]

Adult Drug Use

Saving Lives with Marijuana

March 3, 2017 Dave 0

Typically opponents of medical marijuana claim that it is too dangerous, it’s not approved by the FDA and we have other legal drugs that do the same thing. Besides they argue, pot is  addictive, it’s […]

Addiction Recovery

Can Addiction Treatment Reduce Demand for Drugs?

February 23, 2017 Dave 0

In a speech by President Obama shortly before leaving office, he said: “For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice. The most important thing to do is reduce demand. And […]

Addiction Recovery

Role of Coaches in My Drug Policy Reform Proposal

February 7, 2017 Dave 0

Regular readers of these posts know that I advocate not full on legalization of drugs, but toleration of adult purchase through a controlled dispensary system, which includes a counseling program. The counselors, I call them […]

Adult Drug Use

Will Legalization Increase Pot Use? Probably Not Much.

November 17, 2016 Dave 0

Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett wrote a book last year decrying marijuana legalization. Among other reasons he included the well-worn warning that use will sky-rocket. Early indications suggest the prediction is overblown. In Colorado use […]

Adult Drug Use

Can War or Wall Curtail Opioid Epidemic?

October 23, 2016 Dave 0

The history of psychoactive drug use and of our criminal law attempt to curtail it provide no support for the policies of wars and walls. History shows the human desire for drug taking to be […]