What is the War on Drugs? It’s an Epic Failure…
What’sup guys it’s CG Kid, in this article I plan to share my ideas as to how we can prevent drug abuse outside of the proven ineffective war on drugs. What is the war on drugs? In short, it’s the ideology that making drugs harder to access will inherently stop people from abusing them. It’s an old tactic that has proven failure but fails to be challenged with innovative thought. Currently, President Trump intends to return to old-school tactics of demonization through commercials and to tighten the drug policies, even though neither of these has reduced drug abuse. We need a new approach. As a recovery advocate on YouTube with over 4 million views which puts his personal contact information for addicts to reach out, I have a somewhat of a bright idea in regards to the cause of the drug problem we face. What would I do?
End the Negative Stigma | Is Drug Addiction a Choice?
There’s a presumption that using drugs in the first place is a choice. Is drug addiction a choice? By definition, using drugs in the first-place which is the root of drug addiction is always a choice. However, that choice is made at a young age before the full development of the frontal cortex. The decision-making process of minors is differentiated from adults. As a result, they’re more prone to being influenced by their environment. This differentiation is recognized on a federal level and is why specific laws exist. Most people who choose to use drugs do so at a young age. As a result, frontal cortex and emotional development hindered. When you shame a 30-year-old addict for making that choice to start in the first place, it’s no different than shaming a 14-year-old who made an irrational decision. The condemnation of addicts needs to stop so they can feel safe to reach out.
Focus on Underlying Issues that Make Minors Susceptible to Peer Pressure
Nancy Rogan’s “just say no” campaign was an effort that’s based on the premise that people only use drugs due to peer pressure. But what makes a minor prone to being influenced by peer pressure? The decision to succumb to peer pressure could include suffering mental illness they seek to self-medicate, desperation to fit in with their peers, or living in abusive environments. Why do campaigns that help kids who are being bullied make supportive friendships not exist? Why aren’t there mental health evaluations in schools? Of course, abuse is addressed by CPS. But some forms of abuse, like the lack of co-parenting in a divorce, aren’t even recognized by the public.
Hopefully, this article clarified “what is the war on drugs?” both why has it failed and a possible alternate solution.
Philip Markoff (Associate of Science) is an online influencer and thought leader on addiction education; he is known as his alias “CG Kid” who’s obtained a large audience primarily on YouTube as a vlogger and journalist. His current sobriety date from polysubstance chemical dependency is June 9th, 2013.