The war on drugs, Jack Cole said, has been "far worse" than a failure.
Speaking to about 75 students Thursday afternoon at Slippery Rock
University, Mr. Cole, a retired New Jersey State Police narcotics
detective and a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,
called it "a self-perpetuating and constantly expanding policy disaster."
Mr. Cole, who will be speaking in Pittsburgh at noon today at the
Rotary Club of Pittsburgh's Northside, 701 N. Point Drive, said 43
years of drug prohibition, millions of arrests and an estimated $1
trillion spent on law enforcement and incarceration have failed to
put a dent in drug supplies or their purity, price and rate of use or
the explosion in associated crime.
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A 27-year-old man who died after a drug stop in Houma Thursday night
choked to death after trying to swallow plastic bags of suspected
cocaine, marijuana and heroin, according to preliminary results from
an autopsy performed Monday.
Gary Alford, an investigator with the Terrebonne Coroner's Office,
said the autopsy results for Wayne Michael Williams of Houma are not
yet final pending toxicology tests that take several weeks to complete.
"The primary cause is going to be asphyxiation," Alford said. "His
drug levels might be very high if one of those bags broke. So that
could be a contributing factor also. We're going to have to wait and
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