US: OPED: Drugs: A Decision, Not a Disease (Letters)
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1 US: OPED: Drugs: A Decision, Not a DiseaseFri, 27 Apr 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Satel., Sally Area:United States Lines:115 Added:04/29/2001

Robert Downey Jr. is in trouble again. Los Angeles police took him into custody this week for public intoxication, the latest arrest in a long series of legal problems dating back to 1996 when he was charged with heroin, cocaine and weapons possession.

While sympathy for the actor may be wearing thin -- his "Ally McBeal" producer is said to be "furious" -- there remains profound hand-wringing over what to do now. Should he be treated for his addiction? Should he go to jail? Do we hold him accountable? And if so, how?

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2 US: 3 PUB LTE: Destroying Lives 'For Their Own Good'Fri, 11 May 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Greer, Mark Area:United States Lines:82 Added:05/13/2001

In her commentary on Robert Downey Jr. ("A Decision, Not a Disease," editorial page, April 27), Sally Satel demonstrates a cognitive dissonance between the realities of drug abuse and the failure of the "war on drugs." She correctly points out that Mr. Downey was making choices when he decided to again use drugs, but she refuses to acknowledge that, whether she or society like it or not, they are undeniably his choices to make.

The drug war is the worst, and most expensive, failure in U.S. history precisely because much of the public, like Dr. Satel, refuses to acknowledge that the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, cannot ever be circumvented no matter how much we wish we had the power to control the free will of another. This is the very reason that prohibition of anything has never worked once in all of recorded history. If someone wants something bad enough he or she will get it -- something that is aptly demonstrated by the fact of rampant drug use in virtually every prison in the country.

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