Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A 12-step program for drug war addiction

  1. Admit you are powerless over the world's £300 billion a year illegal drug market controlled by networks of violent criminal profiteers — it has become unmanageable.

  2. Come to believe that an alternative policy approach to yours could restore us to sanity.

  3. Make a decision to turn your will over to the care of rational policy thinkers and evidence based policy development.

  4. Make a searching and fearless cost / benefit analysis of your absolutist drug prohibition stance.

  5. Admit to yourself, and to another human beings, the exact nature of what has gone wrong with the drug war.

  6. Be entirely ready to have evidence-based policy development remove all these defects.

  7. Humbly try to address the shortcomings in your policy understanding.

  8. Make a list of all persons the war on drugs has harmed (may take a while), and be willing to make amends to them all (may prove expensive).

  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others (a new concept for you: unintended consequences).

  10. Continue to take a personal inventory of drug policy impacts, and when you are wrong promptly admit it.

  11. Seek through study and research to improve your conscious contact with reality, your knowledge of pragmatic policy alternatives, and the resources to carry them out.

  12. Having had an awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry this message to others still suffering from drug war addiction, and practice these principles in all your affairs.

1 comment:

Fireman John said...

the war on drugs is merely a skirmish. the expense of interdiction, prosecution and incarceration increases, yet does nothing to curb profit, violence, addiction and death. every dollar spent on treatment is worth many in the reduced costs of enforcing the laws. prohibition taught us nothing.