2010+A+Way+yet+To+Win+the+War+on+Drugs - Roanoke Times

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Roanoke Times, September 27, 2010: http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/261837 A Way Yet To Win the War on Drugs Pete Hamilton Hamilton is a retired corporate executive who lives in Rockbridge County. America is fighting a war that cannot be won, and I am not referring to Afghanistan. The so- called war on drugs is being lost and is probably unwinnable. According to a May 2010 Associated Press article, in the 40 years since this war was initiated, it has cost American taxpayers $1 trillion and, more importantly and more tragically, hundreds of thousands of lives. The 2010 federal budget allocated $15.5 billion to this effort, two-thirds of which was directed to interdiction and law enforcement. And what results do we have to show for these expenditures in human lives and dollars? The number of Americans hooked on drugs has increased from 15 million to 25 million during those 40 years. In 2009, 20,000 cases of drug overdose were reported, $121 million was spent to arrest 37 million non-violent drug offenders (10 million of whom were marijuana users), and $450
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