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 […]

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 […]

Community Safety

Guzman Gone, Good! But…

January 23, 2017 Dave 0

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a goner at last. With his extradition to the U.S. and lockup in a high security prison in Brooklyn, it is unlikely he will see freedom again. Unless, of course, […]

Drug Addiction

Drug Control Without Criminal Punishment

January 9, 2017 Dave 0

The 2016 Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy strongly urges abolishing and replacing all criminal laws banning drugs. They point out that most drug users do no harm to anyone. And, that the […]

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 […]

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Adult Drug Use

Reducing Addiction by Ending the War on Drugs

August 30, 2016 Dave 0

If we want to tackle the problem of seven million drug addicts in our country we need to understand how that all comes about.  Most of it traces back to teenage experimentation. The adolescent years […]

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Adult Drug Use

Pot Possession Arrests–What a Crime

May 12, 2016 Dave 0

According to the Drug Policy Alliance there were 700, 993 arrests related to marijuana in 2014, and 88% of those were for possession only. The math: 616,873 were arrested for nothing more serious than pot […]

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Adult Drug Use

The Addictive Substances Myth — Hide the Pizza

April 22, 2016 Dave 0

“Addictive drugs” is a term many of us take for granted.  Drugs cause addiction right?  Why else would so many speak of “addictive drugs.”  The term suggests that if you use one of those “addictive” […]