Addressing the devastating economic and social costs of addiction by focusing primarily on the supply end of the equation has yielded disappointing results.

Current U.S. drug laws have failed to significantly impact drug sales and use, while explosively inflating the costs of law enforcement, the court system, and penitentiaries.

The domestic side of the “War on Drugs” has effectively become a “War on Addicts,” while the foreign policy consequences of this approach have resulted in U.S. support for totalitarian police states and the vicious oppression of their own citizens.

We cannot ignore the role of heroin and cocaine production in funding terror both by “legitimate” governments against their own people, and by international criminal organizations that use the tools of violence and terror.
Our foreign policy approach to drug production must refocus on breaking these links by eliminating the financial channels that allow drug profits to circulate; providing alternative, sustainable ways for the people of developing countries to create viable economies; and promoting political self-determination and responsive governments throughout the world.

Such a foreign policy approach must be matched by a shift to domestic policies that will have a better chance at breaking the link from the demand side of the equation: Education and treatment.

We encourage you to examine the resources on this site, and use them to formulate strategies for your family and your community to fight drug abuse.