The New War on Drugs is Just the Same Old War- It’s Time to Cut the Head off the Snake

By Janice Barlow For several decades now, the government has been throwing billions of dollars at stopping the illegal drug problem. Now, added to that issue is the prescription drug abuse of opiates. But is this the real issue? It is a known fact that these medications are helpful to some people who use them and are not addicted to them. The outcry now seems to be the same one used for gun control: Taking away the physical product from those who do not abuse it because others are or…

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Laws Targeting Drug Dealers Have Bipartisan Support, But Will They Work?

photo of a narcotics team with SWAT gear conducting a morning raid on a suspected drug ring's home

by Tony Wyman A new law proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to charge drug dealers with manslaughter when the drugs they sell kill the user has strong support from many who see the state’s opiod crisis as one of the biggest threats facing the Commonwealth. But the bill has some skeptics who think increased jail time has little or no impact on drug abuse. If the law goes into effect, drug dealers responsible for the deaths of users would face a minimum sentence of five years in a state…

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