Just because we have a time-honored tradition here of not letting her get away with it…
Former federal drug policy official Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, who now directs addiction treatment centers in Illinois and North Carolina, pulled no punches in an Aug. 24 talk at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) when discussing today’s policy landscape. While Barthwell’s talk sought to make sense of the many changes occurring in substance use service delivery and payment systems, she left no doubt that she sees harm reduction and legalization initiatives as a significant threat to the field and the families it serves.
Citing data about the negative consequences of marijuana use among young people, Barthwell used several stages of her presentation to criticize initiatives to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use.
Of course, she did.
She said the mindset of legalization supporters can be summed up as, â€œWe intend to legalize all drugs.â€
Well, yeah. As opposed to what? Supporting the unregulated black market like she does?