The United States’ ‘War on Drugs’ Really Did Make Things Worse, New Research Finds
After five decades of intense and expensive policing, the United States’ so-called ‘war on drugs’ has only created a bigger problem, a new study has found.
The research is based on a unique geographic model, called NarcoLogic, that was designed to figure out how cocaine smuggling networks have adapted to US drug interception over the years. […]
The updated model now suggests that drug traffickers are actively adapting and adjusting their routes, exploiting new locations to get around US drug control. This essentially means that the very presence of law enforcement has only made drug trafficking more widespread and harder to eradicate.
As a result, between 1996 and 2017, the space that drug traffickers use has spread from roughly 5 million square kilometres (2 million square miles) to over 18 million square kilometres (7 million square miles) – a 3.5-fold increase that will only make future enforcement more difficult and expensive.
“In other words, narco-trafficking is as widespread and difficult to eradicate as it is because of interdiction, and increased interdiction will continue to spread traffickers into new areas, allowing them to continue to move drugs north,” the authors write.
A detailed new study confirms what the basic laws of economics were telling us decades ago.
Will the U.S. care?
Of course, we’re dealing with science and facts here, which haven’t really been all that popular within the drug war apparatus.
the reason we have mothers fleeing gang violence, with their children, arriving at the southern border is the drug war. cracking down on socialists and smugglers in central and south america has it’s consequences. ronnie reagan’s iran-contra shenanigans are coming back on us like kharma. america has been earning its kharma for a couple of centuries, and i don’t see much sign of us slowing down.
This being the longest running blog on drug policy proves how schizophrenic US drug policy has always been.
We need federal magistrates to be at each border crossing to inspect all US govt sealed loads,,just checking a seal number on a computer screen ain’t enough when dealing with the corruption ridden federal bureaucracies.
80% of the drugs cross the borders at ports of entry,,a majority comes inside shipping containers.
More science and facts: the science of empathy is finally getting the attention it deserves. As the FDA becomes more empathic toward empathogens such as MDMA and psilocybin, the psychology and sociobiology of empathy recently received a jumpstart:
A better understanding of the etiology of empathy will enable scientists to understand why itâ€™s lacking in prohibitionists and certain politicians.
The common OTC pain remedy acetominophen is an anti-empathy drug:
Now that acetaminophen is taking on the demon drug role of reducing or eliminating empathy, marijuana can be exonerated from accusations by prohibitionists that it causes crazy people to commit mass shootings and other acts of violence.
Beware of the fiends who snort Tylenol.
Could Tylenol be the drug of choice of narcissists and other cluster B personality disorders?
Here is a personality disorder in which acetaminophen is viewed as therapeutic:
Acetaminophen and Social Pain in Borderline Personality Disorder: Acetaminophen and Social Processes
And there is this: This Common Painkiller Does Some Interesting Things To Your Mind: Besides getting rid of your headache, OTCs might change our responses to reminders of our death, the intensity of our mind wandering, or how much we value our possessions.
Alfred W. McCoy, the author of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, and who holds the Harrington chair in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has written a concise summary at Truthout on failures of the drug war, in which he reflects on the question: â€œWhat had 50 years of observation actually drilled into me, beyond some random facts, about the character of the illicit traffic in drugs?â€
Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
Billionaire Philip Anschutz, who promotes the annual Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, at the Empire Polo Club, is also a cannabis prohibitionist who funds SAM:
Regular use of cannabis affects the amount of sedatives some patients need during medical procedures:
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mho… It looks like the doctor is concerned and should sound an alarm. The article seems bias in ruling cannabis a culprit, disregarding what benefits daily use has for some people. Where the surgeries are hopefully more rare.
It could seem logical, if the ECS balances the body to its original state. A sedative would be considered a toxic foreign entity taking the norm out of the ECS parameters. So it would reject/divert them. I’ve always gone by the premise decades ago that Ganja doesn’t have any known negative interactions with big pharma outside of competition.
The research said the problem was banning research. Its beyond reason society should still have to put up with banned science. I passed this to a friend who said she was having surgery and the Anesthesiologist/Nurse put her under, doc came in and she heard them talking, then opened her eyes. They quickly gave her an injection and knocked her out and had difficulty reviving her.
I would have presumed each patient is dealt with according to their own history and vital stats during the sedation. Many things can change a persons dosage. If some take more then so be it, the danger is in generalizing and banned research. Seems a blood test would aid in the thc/sedative ratio. Perhaps large doses of CBD could counter?
CBD may become a Trojan horse to facilitate medications needing to cross the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). For now itâ€™s being recommended for use in mouse studies involving brain and pharmaceutical research that involve nanocarriers:
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Marijuana munchies do not make people fat:
mho, Once again the research is treating Ganja like a drug treating symptoms. Or a firm grasp of the obvious. As a supplement to the ECS (EndoCannabinoid System discovered 1980s?) Ganja brings the individual back to where it once belonged jojo. The ECS eats Ganja. It can add weight for wasting syndrome. Or reduce the urge to eat for obesity. Anything in the body going outside of the DNA parameters at the cellular level. The ECS brings back. The munchies happen after drinking too. Mostly later or more time since the last meal. What is eaten and drank is also a problem of obesity.
Ganja also regulates the two amygdalae. Reduces the fear triggers, inflammation and quenches the hate emotion driving hormones for primitive fight or flight reactions. Stoners tend to have less rage and more individual thought where ECS deficiencies have larger fear centers and tend to seek authoritarian orders over thinking. Feed Your Head.
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Cancer patients use cannabis to fight pain: