Feedback: Do You Read Drug War Chronicle?

Posted in:

Do you read Drug War Chronicle? If so, we'd like to hear from you. DRCNet needs two things:

  1. We are in between newsletter grants, and that makes our need for donations more pressing. Drug War Chronicle is free to read but not to produce! Click here to make a donation by credit card or PayPal, or to print out a form to send in by mail.

  2. Please send quotes and reports on how you put our flow of information to work, for use in upcoming grant proposals and letters to funders or potential funders. Do you use DRCNet as a source for public speaking? For letters to the editor? Helping you talk to friends or associates about the issue? Research? For your own edification? Have you changed your mind about any aspects of drug policy since subscribing, or inspired you to get involved in the cause? Do you reprint or repost portions of our bulletins on other lists or in other newsletters? Do you have any criticisms or complaints, or suggestions? We want to hear those too. Please send your response -- one or two sentences would be fine; more is great, too -- email [email protected] or reply to a Chronicle email or use our online comment form. Please let us know if we may reprint your comments, and if so, if we may include your name or if you wish to remain anonymous. IMPORTANT: Even if you have given us this kind of feedback before, we could use your updated feedback now too -- we need to hear from you!

Again, please help us keep Drug War Chronicle alive at this important time! Click here to make a donation online, or send your check or money order to: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036. Make your check payable to DRCNet Foundation to make a tax-deductible donation for Drug War Chronicle -- remember if you select one of our member premium gifts that will reduce the portion of your donation that is tax-deductible -- or make a non-deductible donation for our lobbying work -- online or check payable to Drug Reform Coordination Network, same address. We can also accept contributions of stock -- email [email protected] for the necessary info.

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

the drug war

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again! I feel like I'm writing a song --- oh, somebody else already did that. It is the truth. Wars are made for fight fear or to dominate a populace that is already subservient. Especially when that war is fought selectively. The US government has built a huge bureaucracy, funded with trillions of our tax dollars, that is serving no one. It is a war of terror. In the prewar propaganda they have spread falsehoods in order to get the drug ignorant to fear the drugs. And in the way the war is being conducted --- Federal agents breaking into home, sometimes the wrong homes, with guns blazing. This is a travesty of unspeakable proportions. This war is self propagating and it funds the opposition by its mere existence.

The drug war is fought discriminatorily. The rich are able to use drugs at their whim, while the less fortunate are marked as targets. Just look at the statistics of those incarcerated. The system chooses not to target the wealthy because of the legal battles that will ensue --- the rich can hire the best and brightest attorneys, while the less fortunate receive less than “state of the art” legal counsel.

This is not to say that drugs are good, because drugs are neither good nor bad. It is the manner that they are used that is the heart of the matter. The biggest killer drug in the world is legal --- alcohol use (or rather misuse) is far and away the world’s biggest drug problem. We tried to fight this same war the same way with “prohibition”. The problem has not gone away, but the “solution” (that was worse than the problem) has.

The solution to our drug problems is to quit fighting the war the same way that has increased the resistance, violence, and discrimination. This is a war that could be fought with less money and more success. The solution is education. Those that want to use the drugs in spite of that education should be allowed to use them. They need further education along with their experience. Education not guns! Education not laws! Education not incarceration! We partially learned this lesson in the early 20th century. One would think that we had learned a lesson, but sadly, no. The time is long past to call a truce in the war on drugs and heal the wounds that it has caused.

I read!

Thank you for providing something other than the typical propaganda that the media spews. It takes people like you to get the message out about the fraud and crime against humanity that is the war on drugs. What people choose to put in their bodies is an individual right and the policies of drug prohibition have utterly failed to address the consequences that society faces regarding drug use. I read often and will continue to do so in the future. I might give you money but not over the interet. I never do anything over the internet with credit cards.

P.S.-Good job!

Support stoppin the drug war

I was very glad to find this web site, and agree with most of the articles I find when it comes to the wars on drugs and the corruption with in our government on all levels from the very top to the local level, this country needs reform and the elected officials are in majority are not doing their jobs at all, for the people but for themselves. However this site will help those who are losing faith in the government if it helps create a change.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <b>

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, Vaping, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School