Beyond the fact that I, like nearly all of us, have a few friends and family members who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the War on Drugs, I have no vested interest in this issue. I do not alter my consciousness with recreational drugs of any kind. I don’t take advantage of the government-sanctioned methods for getting high by consuming alcohol or nicotine or mood-altering prescription drugs. Adding more choices to the range of options for getting high, will not tempt me at all. I’m not interested in “getting high.” I am quite content to enjoy the blessings of life without chemical assistance.
I wish more of my fellow Americans felt the same way. I don’t encourage or condone drug use, but I would like to see this senseless and ineffective war come to an end. If we consider the full range of drugs, both legal and illegal, consumed by Americans on a regular basis, an amazingly high percentage of Americans are unable or unwilling to face life without medication of some sort.
If we implement a successful exit strategy for the War on Drugs, perhaps we could shift some of the resources we save to figuring out exactly what it is about modern life that leaves so many members of our society feeling the need to use and abuse drugs and to offer expanded treatment options for those who would like to escape from the grip of drug dependency.