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TT Interview With Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske

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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 02:19 PM
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by Julian Aguilar
January 26, 2011

"As the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, the former chief of police in Seattle, is charged with implementing the Obama administration's drug control programs and strategy. "Drug Czar" Kerlikowske spoke with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday about what's needed to curb drug addiction in the United States. The solution, he says, is a comprehensive approach balancing criminal justice, prevention and treatment options."

also from the article:

"TT: You said in El Paso recently that decriminalization, or legalization of some illegal drugs is not an option, that is off the table. Why?"

"Kerlikowske: Well, one the administration’s stance is opposing legalization. When the president was a candidate, he opposed legalization. We don’t see any evidence that legalizing drugs and making them more widely available would be a help to anyone in this country. The second part is that, just from a common-sense standpoint, our No. 1 growing drug problem in the country, including fatalities, is prescription drugs. Well, prescription drugs are highly regulated, highly taxed, highly controlled, and yet we are completely incapable of keeping them out of the hands of kids, out of the hands of people abusing drugs and the evidence is very clear when it comes to fatalities and when it comes to emergency department visits."

Source: www.texastribune.org...

So to those of you who support legalization of drugs, would you care to respond to the second part of Kerlikoske's comment above? His response (imo) is the best to date I have to seen for NOT legalizing drugs in this country. Prescription drug abuse IS a huge problem. For more information on this go here:

www.wrdw.com...

or here:

hcam.tv...




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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by manta78
by Julian Aguilar
January 26, 2011

So to those of you who support legalization of drugs, would you care to respond to the second part of Kerlikoske's comment above? His response (imo) is the best to date I have to seen for NOT legalizing drugs in this country. Prescription drug abuse IS a huge problem. For more information on this go here:

www.wrdw.com...




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if they were legalized and could be gotten for a cheap price from the doctor, then the black market for drugs would disappear. and those junkies would at least have a safe place to get their fix, there would be less robberies for sure. i think it should be mandatory though for the users to get some form of therapy also. just my opinion

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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 06:27 PM
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Thank God they are illegal and no one has been able to get them, just like no one was able to get booze during prohibition................Wait that only spawned a HUGE criminal element............well at least illegal drugs didn't do that............wait it did.

A person and any drug they could possible want is just a phone call apart now. All this has done is put 2.2 MILLION people behind bars and another 7 MILLION on parole and probation.

Its just not working, what sane person wouldn't want to at least TRY another approach..............unless of course its all about confiscation of peoples property and shipping them off to slave labor prisons



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