Pubdate: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Copyright: 2011 PG Publishing Co., Inc. Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/pm4R4dI4 Website: http://www.post-gazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/341 Author: Amesh A. Adalja, M.D. Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n360/a01.html BODILY RIGHTS I applaud the conclusions of the Global Commission on Drug Policy -- detailed in Tony Norman's June 3 column ("Ease Up in Drug War? Smart But Unlikely") -- that announce what has become patently obvious for decades: The war on drugs is a misguided effort that foments violence and abets organized crime. However, I fear the commission's conclusions will fall on willfully deaf ears. Until Americans embrace the idea that people have an inalienable right to do what they wish with their bodies -- even if their actions are harmful -- no amount of rational persuasion or empiric evidence will succeed. AMESH A. ADALJA, M.D. Butler - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.