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Category Archives: War On Drugs
Posted: March 31, 2017 at 7:46 am
From Encyclopedia Dramatica
Originally titled The shorthanded skirmish against certain substances which may or may not cause harm to their users, the War on Drugs is a US war waged by the man for lulz and big pharma. Initially focused on smelly pot-smoking hippies during the mid 70s in the hope of turning them from useless, protesting students into good Americans, the War on Drugs has ultimately grown into a systematic approach for keeping the Jew rich and the colored man down.
With the odd exception of hundreds of innocent people, the war on drugs has proved to be America's most light-hearted war to date.
Due to the war on drugs, the black market industry has soared in profit. Down south in Mexico, the nation has become a shithole, although Some argue that it was always shitty in the first place. The only jobs that pay anything nowadays consist of joining up with a Cartel, and if you piss them off or get caught by a rival gang, you'll have your dick and head chopped off.
Recently, their gang activity has been crawling into 'murka and has reached as far north as Canada. Good job, Nixon! PROTIP: Go to El Paso, buy some guns, and sell them across the border for 10x the profit!
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Ricardo Nicol, San Clemente
The tangential problems of narcotics crime, killing in Mexico and drug addiction in the United States would be greatly reduced by changing the strategy of the failed war on drugs being waged in Mexico (with costly, U.S.-provided guns, planes and helicopters), which is trying to stop the inexhaustible supply of illicit drugs flowing into this country. Go, instead, to a winning hearts and minds strategy that targets the insatiable demand for drugs in the United States and would be far less costly in terms of lives and money. The model for such a strategy is that of the anti-tobacco smoking media campaigns, health information programs and dissuasive laws, which have convinced Americans to voluntarily reduce the consumption of a very addictive and harmful substance significantly in the last 50 years, and the downward trend still continues. A similar effort to reduce Americans demand for addictive drugs would bring enormous short- and long-term benefits to both the U.S. and Mexico. War is not the answer, and the proposed border wall wont help either because both address the supply side of the traffic. As it was for the smoking of tobacco, reducing the demand is the answer.
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by Tommy Wayne Kramer, March 29, 2017
The generation that has been squatting atop American society for the past half-century will soon enough be gone, thank God. The Love Generation is dying off every day, but for the good of the world and especially America it cant happen fast enough.
The Baby Boomers think of themselves as creators of a wonderful world, a far better place than the one they inherited from their mean old uptight parents and all the rest of The Establishment they hated.
Baby Boomers (born between 1941 and 55 or so) believe their generation is the one that stopped the war in Vietnam, ended racism and sexism in America, and gave the world the best, grooviest, most amazing and thought-provoking music ever. None of this is even close to being true.
There are many reasons to despise the Love Generation. I loathe all those arrogant hippies for their towering greed and their willingness to bankrupt future generations so they are able to live in luxury via grand pensions and budget-busting Social Security payouts. Thats only the first on my list of grievances, and my list is a long one.
Boomers inherited a country with excellent public schools, fine public transportation, a healthy and robust middle class, rapidly improving racial relations, a healthy, poised military and, not least, a promising and optimistic outlook for the future.
All gone today. Behold a country plundered by a single generation of greedy, lazy, stupid citizens.
Lets focus on a cornerstone that has propped up shifting cultural attitudes and assumptions since about 1965. I was 17 years old in 65 and even then, and even in the midwest, the push was on to glorify and consume illicit drugs. The push succeeded.
Look anywhere, and I suppose Ukiah is as good a place to look as any, and see the devastation wrought by our greedy, lazy, stupid fellow citizens. Ask Ukiah old-timers about changes theyve noticed over the past half-century and often youll get trembling, stuttering semi-coherent responses that go something like this: It just wasnt like this! This was a safe town, a nice town, not much crime, people got along with each other. Those whove lived here the longest are the ones most disgusted and disappointed at what Ukiah has become.
And it all began with marijuana. The hippie argument, not unreasonable, was that pot was a mild intoxicant and no worse than a Martini; the ongoing debate comparing and contrasting weed-whacked loadies to gin-soaked cocktailers remains unsettled.
Acceptance of marijuana was the first domino to fall. The official slogan among hippies became Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll! and what seemed at the time like merely a defiant and rebellious t-shirt emblem in retrospect illuminated the shallow, short-sighted, self-absorbed core at the center of boomer values. Pot was the only thing my generation was willing to fight for. Who was supposed to fight back?
Cultural attitudes sagged and then collapsed under relentless pressure from the Love Generation, proving that from now on the nations children were in charge. The music, the movies, TV and all the media glommed onto a groovy new audience eager to tune in, turn on, and get incapacitated by drugs.
Cocaine became fashionable. Everyone from Jack Nicholson to Eric Clapton to McKenzie Phillips were open advocates of coke, and soon living rooms all across the country were infiltrated by mirrors, straws, coke spoons, deviated septums and ambulance crews. Heroin then made its appearance, and our social infrastructure began to wobble.
Crime got on a roll in big cities and small towns, even as legalization advocates continued to insist drug use was a victimless crime. Law enforcement cracked down, and the judicial system doubled down.
Now we stare out at the American landscape and watch an opioid wave roll across the land leaving nothing behind but casualties. The opioid crisis succeeded the heroin crisis, the crack cocaine crisis, the methamphetamine, ice, bath salts, fentanyl crisis and half a dozen other drug crises jumpstarted by the generation that launched the whole sorry mess 50 years ago.
How many homicides, suicides, robberies, overdoses, and destroyed lives can be fairly blamed on drugs? Thousands of men have spent vast portions of their lives in prison. Mothers have abandoned their children to foster care so they could do more meth, and now those kids are mucking up their own lives with our old friend marijuana.
How many of our inner cities and small towns have been destroyed? How many kids have dropped out of high school to join gangs? Those kids are fighting and killing each other in turf wars in order to sell drugs to your grandchildren so they can die too. Theres been no end to the criminality, the thieving, rehab, heartbreak, despair, depression, jail and broken dreams caused by drugs, and thats just the family next door.
But at least there havent been any victims.
(Tom Hine, a former hippie and an early whiner for drug legalization, acknowledges his enthusiasm may have been misplaced, as it was for other causes. TWK, his imaginary friend, believes we should take a more holistic view and appreciate the cool druggie stuff like Peter Max posters, love beads, ugly tattoos and the songs of Donovan.)
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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The search is on tonight for the person who fired several shots into a Wilkes-Barre home last night wounding two people, including an 8 year old girl. The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick is in the neighborhood with the latest on the investigation.
You can see the bullet holes in a house in the 200 block of West Division Street in South Wilkes-Barre. Just before midnight shots rang out. An 8 year old girl sitting in the living room was hit twice in the arm. Her 20 year old brother was hit once in the arm..
We tried talking to people coming and going from the house this afternoon .They had nothing to say..
Detectievs are not saying what they believe happened here but sources close to the investigation tell the I-Team it is connected to the drug world..
"We are seeing that more innocents ,innocent individuals are being affected hurt by it." noted Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavanits.
She is talking about the impact of the drug trade and drug addiction in our region. Drug overdose deaths are on the rise.
Last October, a man and woman were found unconscious inside a Hazleton home. The woman later died from a drug overdose, four young children were also in the home... Salavantis says society cannot simply jail their way out of this problem..
"We need to look at drug treatment court and look at programs that help the addict."
"There's a lot of collateral damage that we see with the drug game." said Jason Harlen.
Harlen is a drug counselor and says his agency Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol receives calls everyday from people who are concerned that a loved one is hooked on drugs.
"The collateral damage is never ending it's a very violent games and it's something that will never go away."
Wilkes-Barre Police ask anyone with information to give them a call.
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During the past several years, both the federal government and many states took important steps toward reducing some of the harms caused by the War on Drugs.
These policy changes were adopted with bipartisan support providing cause for optimism among reformers. Notable examples include, the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, the introduction of sentencing reform bills in both the House and Senate, dozens of state-level reforms to mandatory minimum laws, former Attorney General Eric Holders directive to U.S. Attorneys not to bring charges that require mandatory minimum sentences against low-level drug offenders, and the record breaking 1,715 commutations issued by President Obama.
There was a sense that the worst was over and draconian drug policies might be on their last legs. A strong consensus formed in agreement that drug prohibition is ineffective, not worth the human and monetary cost, and should be wound down if not completely dismantled. Maybe we could finally wake up from the long 45-year nightmare of the War on Drugs.
Enter the new attorney general, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
In a speech on Wednesday, Sessions said he doesnt care whether its unfashionablehes doubling down on the War on Drugs. Like much of the rhetoric about drugs in the 70s and 80s, Sessions comments last week sound like lines out of Reefer Madness. He calls marijuana a life-wrecking dependency that will destroy your life.
While its true criminal justice is primarily a function of state and local governments, the attorney general wields significant influence by prioritizing law enforcement objectives, directing the U.S. attorneys on how to charge defendants, issuing federal grants to state and local criminal justice efforts and police departments, using the DOJs Office of Legislative Affairs to influence measures in Congress, and voicing opinions on any criminal justice legislation from the bully pulpit of the top law-enforcement office.
Sessions will likely use his position to stifle criminal justice reform. He has been an outspoken critic of drug legalization, sentencing reform, and he tends to see any effort to rollback even the most egregious tough on crime policies as dangerous and a threat to public safety.
He denounced Obama's efforts as "weakening of some of our most important criminal sentencing policies. He also called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act dangerous and a criminal leniency bill rather than a criminal justice reform bill.
Sessions strongly supports the practice of civil asset forfeiture. In an effort to make the practice sound benign, he says, taking and seizing and forfeiting, through a government judicial process, illegal gains from criminal enterprises is not wrong. This definition is misleading and obscures the main reason why it has been roundly criticized the government doesnt need to secure a conviction before taking your property. In fact, police dont even have to charge you with a crime. According to an in-depth report in the Washington Post, in 81 percent of forfeiture cases, no one was indicted.
Its unclear if Sessions will directly challenge states that diverge from the federal government on marijuana policy. He made this vague statement at a recent news conference, States ... can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not." If the Justice Department decides to interfere with states on this issue it would be acting with little popular support. 71 percent agree the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that decide to legally regulate marijuana.
To his credit, Sessions co-sponsored the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 which reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine from 100-1 to 18-1. It passed unanimously.
However, his record and statements taken as a whole paint a dismal picture and offer little to celebrate. Those concerned about excessively punitive sentences and destructive drug policies are bracing for an uphill battle with the nations top cop.
One of my goals in making the documentary film Incarcerating US was to show how the drug war and changes in sentencing policy have caused a drastic increase in both the prison population and the average length of sentences. In order to capture the frenzy surrounding crime and drugs in the 1980s, I included several hysterical statements by politicians positioning themselves as tough on crime. The new attorney generals speech, with its disregard of history, data, and compassion, fits squarely with the strong-arm bombast of that era, providing a clear reminder that the War on Drugs is far from over.
Regan Hines is a director and partner at Life Is My Movie Entertainment. His film Incarcerating US is now available.
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Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:58 am
MANILA - Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on Tuesday said the New York Times' call for trade sanctions against the Philippines is "baseless and unfair."
In an editorial piece released last March 24 titled "Accountability for Duterte," the New York Times criticized President's bloody war on drugs and called on the Philippines' trading partners to rebuke Duterte by cancelling the Philippines' trading privileges.
Lopez, however, insisted that allegations of human rights abuses in the drug war are not true.
"We believe there are no extra-judicial killings and human rights are not being violated in the governments campaign to cleanse the country of drug elements. The government does not sanction the killings that are occurring, mainly due to actions by criminals and drug syndicates to purge their ranks," Lopez said in a statement.
He also claimed that the slain drug suspects are themselves to blame for their own deaths.
"While some drug elements have been killed during police operations, this is a result of the criminals fighting back with force and leaving our police force with no recourse but to protect themselves."
Lopez meanwhile acknowledged that there are unexplained killings, dubbed by the police as "deaths under investigation" but he maintained that the government does not condone the killings.
The trade secretary also trumpeted the "success" of Dutere's war on drugs and the public support behind it.
"The campaign has also resulted in an overall lower crime rate, which is noticed by citizens. This, the recent Pulse Asia survey last December 2016 noted that 82% of Filipinos feel much safer now, proving that the governments anti-drug campaign is providing to make streets safer," he said.
Lopez insisted that the New York Times editorial was based on "unverified media reports."
Last January, the European Union said it was studying if the Philippines can still qualify for trade incentives that are tied to international agreements, including those on human rights.
The Department of Interior and Local Government has warned that the Philippines risked losing a $434-million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant from the United States over alleged human rights violations committed in the war on drugs.
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CHANDIGARH: 485 drugs peddlers and traders have been arrested, 387 cases registered under the NDPS Act, 3.945 kg of heroin and 622.555 kg of poppy husk recovered in Punjab since March 16, when the Amarinder Singh led government assumed office.
Drug menace was a major issue in the Punjab elections and immediately after taking over, the Amarinder led Congress government has ordered a multi-agency crack-down.
SHO level teams, backed by Anti-Narcotics Cell units, have been formed in every district to wipe out drugs from the state in four weeks, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said here today.
"As many as 485 drugs traders and peddlers have been arrested and 387 cases registered under the NDPS Act..," he said.
State Special Operations (SSOP) cells have also joined the drive, which has led to major drugs seizures across the state, said the spokesperson adding that the civil administration was also extending its full support to the anti-drugs campaign.
The Chief Minister has directed the state agencies to coordinate with central agencies like the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Customs Department to check the supply and smuggling of drugs.
A Special Task Force (STF) has already been set up to steer the special and focused drive launched against drugs, especially 'chitta' (heroin, synthetic/ pharmaceutical drugs), the spokesperson said.
Giving more details, he said that in the period between March 16 and March 27, a total of 3.945 kgs of heroin was recovered during raids. This includes 1 kg of Heroin seized by the BSF, he said.
Other drugs seizures made during this period include poppy husk (622.555 kgs), smack (0.528 kgs), 'charas' (2.22 kgs), opium (24.39 kgs), 'bhang' (1.879 kgs) and 'ganja' (65.6 kgs).
The special teams have also recovered 133 bottles of syrup, 1075 injections and 90,993 capsules or pills packed with drugs, besides 11.224 kg of Intoxicant Powder during the period, he said.
"The maximum of 63 cases have been registered in Jalandhar Rural district, from where the maximum recovery of 7.25 kgs of opium, besides 1 kg recovery of heroin by BSF, has also been reported," he said.
The Congress had before the elections promised to wipe out the scourge within four weeks of forming the government.
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Detroit police are blaming the high number of dogs killed by its officers on the city's war on drugs, according to a recent segment by WDIV.
The city has some of the highest rates of dog shootings by police, and lawsuits are costing the city thousands of dollars. ButAssistant Chief James White defended the killing of dogs, saying they are an unfortunate causality of routine drug raids.
"This isn't Fluffy the family pet in many instances," White told WDIV. "Door comes off the hinges. There's pandemonium. People are running. Perpetrator, in many instances, has a weapon himself, can start shooting. Sometimes the dog is used as a tactic to get the advantage over the officers, and I just don't think it would be acceptable to an officer to put their life at risk to try to stop a dog from attacking them during a drug raid."
Another suit accuses officers of shooting a dog through a bathroom door during a raid on a house where squatters were selling marijuana. The city recently filed a motion to appeal, arguing that unlicensed dogs are contraband and not protected by the Fourth Amendment.
Watch the WDIV segment below:
Why are Detroit cops killing so many dogs?
An investigation reveals widespread, unchecked violence against pets including one officer who shot 67
By C.J. Ciaramella
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29 Mar 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Is the war on drugs working? Toilet statistics say Australia is flushed.
Flushed: A new study testing wastewater has revealed that ice and other drugs continue to be a growing epidemic all over Australia despite the government pouring money into policing it.
Prohibition of drugs has failed and it is high time to admit it.
There is really no argument tobe had on that front. The Australian government is pouring more taxpayer dollars into stopping illicit drug use than ever before, yet figures released this week show that the problem is growing exponentially.
In fact Australia is ranked second in the world for amphetamine use per capita, only trailing Slovakia.
The first ever National Wastewater Drug Testing report, showed that Methylamphetamine, or ice, continues to remain resilient to all current efforts to thwart it, while cocaine use in NSW and specifically Sydney is also out of control.
Now for the big question. With the evidence out of the bag that every region inevery state and territoryis battling drug problemswhat are they going to do about it and didnt they already know this?
When national law enforcement is left to wade around in human faeces to track drug use, does that mean they are all out of answers? Do they know that the battle is lost, even former Victorian police chief Ken Lay admitted during his time in that"We can't arrest our way out of our problems."
So is it time to take a different approach, maybe even a radical approach to what is undoubtedly a radical problem, or should we just continue to bury our heads in the sand and stay the course that has so far failed to show any decline in drug use ever.
While healthcare stakeholders will get full access to this weekstoilet data, surely it is time to treat the epidemic as a healthcare problem and not a legal problem, especially for personal users, those that are not profiting from their involvement in drugs.
Portugalmade the decision to decriminalise all drugs in2001 and thedata from the 16 years since should be invaluable to places like Australia, who seem stuck for ideas.
While drugs in Portugal are still illegal, being caught in possession of a small amount resultsin a small fine and referral to a treatment program, without an arrest or criminal record.
Since then HIV infection has dropped across the board, overdose deaths have dropped across the board, and the dramatic rise in use feared by many has failed to materialise.
While more research is needed on that front, the one fact that does remain is that whatever Australia is doing is not working and it is time we poured our energy and resources into something that might.
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 5:25 am
enator Joe Manchin stepped onto the Senate floor last week to read a letter sent to him by Leigh Ann Wilson, a home caregiver whose 21-year-old daughter, Taylor, died from an opioid overdose last fall.
Please work quickly to prevent thousands of other Taylorsfrom the same fate, Manchin read.
That was just the latest of many such letters that Manchin, a Democrat, has read on the Senate floor over the past year. He represents West Virginia, which has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation. And he seeks to amplify the voices of those most affected.
Leigh Ann Wilsons story, chronicled in STAT earlier this month, was all too familiar: She and her former husband tried for weeks to get Taylor into treatment for her opioid addiction, but were unable to get her either medication to reduce her cravings or an inpatient bed in a treatment facility.
Manchin spoke with STAT about his efforts to tackle thethe opioid epidemic, including an unusual proposal hes taken to President Trump. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Weve moved the needle more than ever before in the last couple of years. We [reclassified] opiates from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs [which means they have a high potential for abuse]. We got the CDC to finally put out prescribing guidelines, which doctors have never [previously] used.
There are many things we can do. Most things are educational. [When] talking about smoking cessation or using seat belts, we start in the schools educating at very young ages. Were going to have to do the same [with opioids].
Taylor Wilsons parents fought for 41 days to get their daughter treatment. They couldnt stop another overdose
I told [President Trump], Mr. President, youve come out with a statement saying weve been over-regulated in this country, and for a new regulation any agency wants to come up, were make them do away with two.
I said, Mr. President, would you take the same approach to the FDA in approving drugs and opiates. Id like to go one for one: For every new opiate they want to bring on the market, there has to be something obsolete they should take off, and quit producing it. We talked about that.
Also, with the war on drugs, you have to understand that addiction is an illness that needs treatment. Twenty years ago, we all thought addiction, or messing with any types of drugs, was a crime and we put you in jail. Well, we know that didnt work.
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Thats where Ive come out with bills. First of all, the LifeBOAT Act. No one gets treatment because we dont have treatment centers. The LifeBOAT Act asks for a one-penny fee on every milligram of opiates that are produced and sold in America. One penny. That would give us a perfect funding stream. They tell me thats$1.5 to $2 billion a year that goes into treatment centers only. That gives us a chance to start treating and getting people clean again.
The other part is: What do you do if get them clean? Weve got the Clean Start Act. If you go through a one-year program, and passed that program and become clean, then you have another year of mentoring other people. After that, youre able to get the people that sponsored you before your sentencing judge and arresting officer. You plead your case of what youve been able to accomplish in a two-year period.
Hopefully, theyll give you an expungement for a one-time chance at a clean start. So were doing everything we can do.
I did four town hall meetings last week. I go to the treatment centers. I talk to the addicts. I always ask, How did you get started?Most told me they started out with recreational marijuana. Legalizing recreational marijuana is something I have not been able to accept or support.
What about medical marijuana? What about commercial cannabis? These are things I dont know much about. But Im interested in learning and finding out more. Thats what Im doing now.
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Weve got to get more treatment. If I talk to a person, and they dont understand that addiction is an illness, Ive got serious problems, and thats going to take a long time. It took me a long time to understand the chemistry in talking to the professionals. You have to come to that conclusion first. If you dont, you wont have one ounce of sympathy for anybody.
I dont know any human being that doesnt know someone in his or her immediate or extended family, or a close friend, who has been affected. My familys included like everybody elses. When you see a person from a good family doing something illegal, you say, How did that happen? They might steal or do this or that to support their habits.
There are other people drug pushers and pill mills that we wont tolerate. But in a merciful way, I need these other people back into the workforce. They want some assistance. They want to live a good life.
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