Thursday, June 06, 2013
Misplaced "Drug War" Priorities
And while we are wasting our time chasing users of this harmless drug, the use of legal prescription drugs is getting out of hand in this country. These are legal drugs, opioid pain-killers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and methadone. And these drugs don't have to be imported across our borders by illegal drug cartels. They are legally sold in our neighborhood pharmacies.
In fact, more people now abuse these painkillers than abuse heroin, cocaine, stimulants and sedatives combined -- and they kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined each year. While the use of illegal drugs has remained about the same over the years, the abuse of these opioid pain-killers has more than tripled since 1999 (about 14 years).
Isn't it about time we stopped harassing and imprisoning users of marijuana, and use those resources to do something about these prescription pain-killers -- drugs that are addictive and are responsible for many deaths each year?