Thursday, June 19, 2008

Forty Thousand Heroin Addicts

Forty thousand heroin addicts. That’s not the total for the United States, that’s for the city of Baltimore all by itself. How successful is the War on Drugs? The term was first used by President Richard Nixon in 1972. After all of that time what have we accomplished? We have a huge prison population and forty thousand heroin addicts in Baltimore. The war on drugs doesn’t seem very successful to me. Let’s spend more money on treatment and less on imprisonment.

From Raid signals more trouble for Baltimore mayor by Ben Nuckols:

Seen by some as a divisive figure during her time on the City Council, Dixon has won over skeptics with her shrewd management of an often-troubled city of about 624,000, including an estimated 40,000 heroin addicts.
For more information on the War on Drugs see:

Telling the Truth About the War on Drugs

Drug Policy Alliance Network

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