Pubdate: Thu, 26 Dec 2002
Source: Stillwater News Press (OK)
Copyright: 2002 Stillwater News Press
Author: Ron duBois
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)
Bookmark: (Treatment)


As 2002 comes to a close, take $380 out of your wallet and kiss it goodbye 
- - that's how much you'll pay for the Drug War next year. That's right. Next 
year, 131 million American taxpayers will fund a Drug War that will cost 
nearly $50 billion. That averages $380 for each individual taxpayer. That's 
money wasted on silly interdiction programs doomed to fail; federal police 
agencies that presumably should have more important priorities; prison 
cells for non-violent drug offenders; DARE programs that don't prevent drug 
abuse; research agendas corrupted by political interference; and treatment 
programs that too often are quick to punish and slow to really help those 
in need.

Ron duBois, Stillwater
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