War on Drugs

September 13, 2016

How Heroin Sensationalism Exacerbates the War on Drugs

Photos of two heroin users, passed out in a car with a child in the backseat, have been circulating the internet and news outlets for the past few days. Posted on the City of East Liverpool’s Facebook page, moderators of the page added the caption, “We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.” Of course, this sort of parenting is awful (reports confirm that the woman in the car is the child’s mother) –– criminal, even. Drug abuse to this point is reasonably condemned, even by the most ardent legalization advocate. But this sort of hysteria-oriented journalism does drug advocacy efforts a horrible disservice and enables our society to stay rooted in the overcriminalization mentality. Overcriminalization has not only become […]
September 5, 2014

The Empire and the Drug War

Check out SFL’s campaign to end the War on Drugs at endthedrugwar.org.  It’s all too easy to see the “War on Drugs” as merely metaphor or hyperbole devised by melodramatic politicians, yet the United States government’s crusade against the production, distribution, and use of particular substances has escalated to the level of any other war. The United States government directly backs military and police forces that kill and torture in the name of fighting the drug trade. In the United States, the drug war has provided an excuse to arm police with military weaponry and encourages them to wield these weapons of war against non-violent offenders. The drug war is more than a metaphor, it entails the U.S. government conducting wars at home and abroad. A […]