The Hypocrisy of the “Drug War”

by fmhilton

Everyone knows that there’s a ‘war on drugs’ going on-it puts millions of people in prison for years, because they get caught dealing in marijuana, cocaine, or other heavy-duty drugs. You probably know someone who got busted for having illegal drugs.

The War on Drugs:

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate and total prison population in the world. At the start of 2008, more than 2.3 million people were incarcerated, more than one in every 100 adults. The current rate is about seven times the 1980 figure, and over three times the figure in Poland, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country with the next highest rate. African American males are jailed at about six times the rate of white males and three times the rate of Hispanic males. The country’s high rate of incarceration is largely due to drug sentencing guidelines and drug policies.

But there’s another facet to this incredible waste of money that nobody wants to talk about:

The fact that while we spend millions on this ‘war’ and drug abuse prevention in school, we are literally helping children get high every single day.

How can that be?

Parents who are concerned over their children’s behavior/attitudes take them to the doctor, who diagnoses the maladjustment as “ADHD”, or “ADD”. Then he/she will write a prescription for one of the following drugs:

Adderall
Ritalin
Focalin
Methylphenidate
Concerta

All of these are very powerful stimulants that are dispensed in varying strengths. They are all ‘controlled substances’, and they are prescribed for children of varying ages.

They’re used to control behavior that is considered ‘unacceptable’, ‘unruly’ or just plain obnoxious.

I am very disturbed by the sheer fact that parents who are so adamant about being against illegal drugs are so very willing to legally drug their children. Of course they will defend it as being ‘proper parenting’.

Used to be that when one misbehaved and one’s parents got upset, they wouldn’t take you to the doctor-they’d take you to the woodshed for a spanking that you wouldn’t forget for a few days. Nowadays it’s illegal for parents to spank their children in many states. It’s considered child abuse.

However, putting your child on heavy-duty dosages of methamphetamine is not.

There really is no difference between these drugs and any form of speed. They are speed, legally dispensed. They are dangerous drugs, and have very serious side effects. For instance, these are the side effects of Adderall:

Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine has a high potential for abuse and may be habit-forming if used for a long period of time. Use amphetamine/dextroamphetamine only as prescribed and do not share it with others. Abuse of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine may cause serious heart problems, blood vessel problems, or sudden death.

Or Ritalin.

To see what the long-term consequences of this trend are, this graphic will clarify the issue.

That’s for this past year.

Yeah, marijuana use has skyrocketed…but Adderall is one of the most abused prescribed drugs.

That’s disturbing and frightening-and it does not bode well for the future of the next generation, used to being legally high.

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