Mexico Debates New Security Bill

by hromero @, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 10:40 (11 days ago) @ h4Dan

We, the United States, have tried prohibition of Alcohol and it failed. We have tried prohibition of drugs for the past 40+ years and it hasn't reduced drug use or deaths from drug overdoses one bit. Don't get me wrong, I think heroin, meth, and cocaine are terrible drugs that we as a society should discourage people from using. But it is clear that the militaristic approach we have taken is not working. At some point we need to consider other approaches to get different results.

Portugal took an approach of decriminalizing drugs, not legalizing them but decriminalizing them, and decided to treat drug addiction as a public health issue. They still confiscate drugs but instead of sending the users to jail they refer them to drug treatment that is enforced by the police. Methadone and other treatment drugs are offered as part of that treatment. As a result deaths from overdoses have decreased dramatically in the country as well as vastly reducing the attractiveness of Portugal as a market for the illicit drug trade. I am not saying that Portugal's solution is perfect or that it is the only way to take a different tack but it does show that a different approach can produce better results than what we see today.

We too often jump to a military solution to problems we see despite the fact that we have ample evidence that many times (most times?) it produces worse results. Our militaristic approach to the drug trade has not produced the positive results we intended them to achieve and I think it fair to argue that it has made it worse for ourselves and other countries than if we had done nothing. I think it is time that we search for non-militaristic approach.

Mexico has its own issues to address with its current problems because its corruption and inequality precede the drug war. The U.S. should stop contributing to those problems by adding our own.

My two cents worth.

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