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On the job

A snog and a bang.

One in five Brits has had sex at work, according to a survey which brings a whole new meaning to the term “job satisfaction”.

Wow! And yet here in the states, our drug czar is all up in arms because 3.1 percent of employed drug users have admitted to being […]

It’s their business

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A LaSalle County task force arrested 14 people Friday as part of a three-month investigation into the sale of drugs at Streator taverns.

The nerve of these people — selling drugs at taverns. Um… wait… isn’t that what taverns are supposed to sell? I think I could have figured that out in much less […]

Open Thread

“bullet” On this day in history…

The United Nations charter took effect, The 40-hour work week began, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” opened in theaters, Kevin Kline was born… and so was I.

“bullet” Take the Handcuffs off the Economic Recovery Eric Sterling has a great OpEd at the Huffington Post about saving the […]

Horribly Ironic Justaposition

via Transform

Lou Dobbs, an asshat in bizarro land

Over at Hit and Run, Radley discusses the The 190-Million Person Exception to the Fourth Amendment, based on an ACLU report that the U.S. is expanding invasive checkpoint searches around the country under the guise of homeland security. This is obviously a concern to people who believe in, oh, say, the Constitution, or, maybe, America. […]

Urinetown

“bullet” Polk County, Florida is flushed with excitement over drug testing

High school athletes have been tested for drug and alcohol abuse use for almost five years, and the program needs to be expanded to include more students, said Audrey Kelley-Fritz, the senior manager of Prevention, Health and Wellness Services for Polk County Public Schools. […]

Narco-recession?

The drug czar continues to act rather unhinged in his final months, grasping at the oddest straws to declare victory. The LA Times has a poorly-headlined story about one of the interesting side effects of the escalated drug war in Mexico. Not only is the drug war not stopping the drugs or deterring the trafficers. […]

Drug Czar celebrates productivity of drug users

In announcing some annual celebration of work through the Department of Labor, drug czar John Walters notes:

75 percent of the nation‰s current illegal drug users are employed.

So much for Pete’s couch.
Thanks, John, for taking the time to acknowledge the contributions that drug users are making every day to save the economy that your administration has destroyed.
(Another thing that’s inspiring about that number — since the drug czar keeps saying that young people are the ones using drugs, then young drug users must be particularly motivated to be getting jobs at an early age.)
Drugs: motivating the young to work at real jobs that don’t have “czar” in the title.

Finally, now we’ll get that drug war in Mexico solved.

Condoleeza Rice is going to Puerto Vallarta.

The future of the troubled ONDCP

Jag Davies has an excellent post at the ACLU blog: Cascade of Reports Condemn Drug Czar‰s Office
Certainly, I’d like to see the drug czar’s office disappear into a sink-hole caused by the office’s own black-hole-like lack of integrity.
However, if the ONDCP is to continue, Davies is absolutely right that we must advocate for new metrics for measurement.

Rather than measuring success based on slight fluctuations in drug use, the primary measure of ONDCP‰s effectiveness should be the reduction of drug-related harm. If ONDCP is reauthorized, it should be charged with reducing problems associated with drug use itself (overdose, addiction, disease transmission) and problems associated with drug prohibition (over-incarceration, collateral sanctions, loss of civil liberties, racial disparities in enforcement, prosecution and sentencing).

That’s exactly right. Although, I would, just to make things as clear as possible, modify that statement slightly with a few word changes:

Rather than measuring success based on slight fluctuations in drug use, the primary measure of ONDCP‰s effectiveness should be the reduction of drug-related harm and drug-war-related harm. If ONDCP is reauthorized, it should be charged with reducing problems associated with drug use abuse itself (overdose, addiction, disease transmission) and problems associated with drug prohibition (over-incarceration, collateral sanctions, loss of civil liberties, turf violence, corruption, law enforcement trust, drug safety, environmental damage, breakup of families, racial disparities in enforcement, prosecution and sentencing).

Could still stand a bit of tweaking, but perhaps a coordinated effort to pass on such language to Congress, when the ONDCP is up for reauthorization, is in order?