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Crime or Disease?

TV 10 in San Diego has a story out Who is Winning the War On Drugs?. It’s pretty standard TV journalism fare — a mention of LEAP and alcohol prohibition, some good points, some ignorant points. Overall, a reasonable balance for such a source.
But then they decide to do a poll. An actual, four question SurveyUSA News Poll of San Diegans’ view on drugs, the drug war, and prohibition. Only a sample of 500 adults, but still, potentially interesting. The results of Question 3 (Would you say it is fair? Or unfair? To compare the war on drugs with the Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and 30’s?) are pretty depressing.
But then you come to Question 4. Here is the actual survey question that a news entity asked of 500 San Diego residents:

In general, do you think drug use should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?

Yep. Those were the options. “Crime” or “Disease” (or you could answer “Not Sure”)
So I’d like to ask the imbeciles at KGTV in San Diego a couple of questions:

  • In general, do you think eating steak should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?
  • In general, do you think that driving a motorcycle should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?
  • In general, do you think that having wine with dinner should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?
  • In general, do you think that taking aspirin for a headache should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?
  • In general, do you think that watching KGTV TV-10 should be treated more like a crime? Or more like a disease?

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