This was received in response to my post — The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society:
I am surprised to see your post on the issue of The War On Drugs. I believe there are a lot of opinions on this matter some in favor of yours (Ron Paul for example) and many who would disagree with you mainly people of a substance abuse history who are now recovering. You use the words lives lost and lives ruined. These words can fit perfectly with a opposing argument in which lives have been lost and families ruined from a love one overdosing or simply using certain drugs.
I for one do not believe legalizing and taxing and distributing meth or any other lethal drug would solve the ultimate problem at hand. And that is that our nation at its present state could possibly have the biggest drug abuse problem in the world, and this is not counting the millions on prescription medication. Its a shame that government has to step in and help us or hurt us, depending on how you look at it, but do you really think that having a legal distributor supplying an addict with a harmful substance and making money so we all can benefit from it is such a good idea? I was taught that the bad guy was the drug dealer and that drugs ruin lives.
There is no easy answer. Our prisons are filled with drug victims and I would not want to promote that we let them out of prison and then encourage them to overdose on legalized drugs. I know that we can not stop people from doing what they will do, one way or the other, legally or illegally. I just see what is not working… and what we are doing is not working.
I agree with you that our drug dependent society goes all the way into the doctor’s office. People demand the prescription medications that they see advertised on TV and some of the problems like “restless leg syndrome” were not even taught to me in my medical school curriculum, yet the industry that surrounds all of the restless legs out there is growing and growing and growing.
When I see patients in my hair transplant practice, I encourage the use of Tylenol, aspirin, and other non-narcotic medications to use after surgery and with the power of my suggestions, my patients seem to manage without heavy use of narcotics. Some of my patients call to ask for antibiotics when they sneeze, sniffle, or cough and I tell them that their body can handle the sneeze, sniffle, or cough without prescription antibiotics, as most of the sneezes, sniffles, or coughs are caused by allergies or viruses that will not respond to antibiotics. I try to be proactive.