There is so much good information available to us about drugs and drug policy if we’re willing to actually, you know, listen to it. But science and reality have been pretty much excluded from the public policy conversations when it comes to drugs, except for that “science” that supports the drug war regime.
The absurdity of this was brought home again to me with this article…
That certainly sounded interesting. A radical new solution? Tell me more.
On Friday, he’ll announce the introduction of a sweeping set of bills that would upend the approach to the opioid epidemic, Morhaim, a Democrat, told HuffPost.
The approach is a radical one likely to scare off nearly all politicians and probably a majority of voters. So let’s back into his bills slowly.
Wow. So radical and new that even the article has to broach the idea cautiously. I can’t wait to find out… seven paragraphs later…
OK, ready to hear the idea?
The first option is to treat the addiction so that the person is no longer using heroin. For that, a variety of treatments need to be offered, depending on the user and the circumstances. The second option is to treat the social problem by giving the most difficult-to-treat addicts free heroin — or something very close to it — in a safe, controlled environment.
OK, don’t get me wrong. This is very good. And I applaud the lawmaker for bringing this forward.
But new? Radical? Not to anyone who has been paying attention. We’ve been talking about these ideas at Drug WarRant for many years. These are ideas that have been tried, tested, and proved – the science is there. They’ve just been excluded from political consideration.
It’s sad that in today’s world… in a major world power with amazing intellectual resources, we’re stuck in the drug policy equivalent of medieval barber surgeons, and that anyone who actually proposes scientifically proven reform is considered some kind of scary radical.