Pubdate: Tue, 13 Feb 2001
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Copyright: 2001 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Contact:  900 North Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63101
Author: Jim Tarrant
Note: headline by newshawk


Annette Green is the third person to be killed by law-enforcement officers 
in the last year in St. Louis during a drug bust gone bad. Multiply that by 
a whole country. Then add all the injuries, the children who witness such 
things and the wrong address raids. And don't forget the cops who have been 
casualties. Now multiply all that by the number of years we've been 
breaking down doors in the name of a drug-free America.

We've spent untold billions of dollars, interfered with foreign countries, 
allowed "drug exemptions" to the Constitution and filled our jails. Lots of 
people have died. Yet drugs of every kind are available on any street 
corner in every city in America and supplies are more plentiful than ever.

Waging war on drugs, or on drug users, is the least effective way to reduce 
use and abuse, and the most costly to the individual and to society.

It's time to end the war on drug users and treat drug use and abuse as a 
medical problem.

Jim Tarrant,
St. Louis
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