Alternatives to the War on Drugs.

By Luis Chavez – Sanchez and Klerissa Zolciak

These are the sources Klerissa and I used during our week of responsibility. We choose these sources because we felt like they provide good and valid information on why the War on Drugs has failed and continues to fail so many people and provides valid information for creating alternative policies. Essentially, they acknowledge the War on Drugs as hurting millions of people within this country and internationally and provide substantial evidence on what can be done to promote new alternatives to the war on drugs.

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TED talk: Johan Hari:Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

The TED talk by Johann Hari titled “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” is very informative. One of the most influential moments is when the presenter says that connection is the opposite of addiction, not sobriety as so many people believe. He presents many different studies that promote this point of view. For example, he cites the country of Portugal, along with their decriminalization of drugs the country also made sure that each person had something that connected them back into society; providing immediate jobs for people who knew trades. Instead of stigmatizing and criminalizing them, which is actively done in the United States. It is important to remind people that they are human and deserve human connections regardless of their choices. Hari mentions that telling the “addicts in his life” that he loves them and will always be there for them. He reminds the audience that substance abuse often times spreads from a larger issue and actively reassuring them is a great way to show support to someone who is struggling. Honestly, I really liked this narrative because it humanizes substance users and substance abusers. Instead of stigmatizing and criminalizing these people, they accept their decisions and accepts that they should have the ability to reconnect to society. Instead of pushing these people to the sidelines, they should be encouraged to participate in society and form connections. Hari says, that the absence of this is often the cause of addiction because your body searches for connections within a substance. This was a very informative video and could be used to push and create new and change current drug polices within our country. Policies that actually help these people instead of criminalizing them.

“Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure” video response

By Luis E. Chavez-Sanchez

After watching this video I am shocked at all of the negative impacts the War on Drugs had in the United States and world wide. Within this country, it has led to mass incarceration and political corruption but in places like Latin America, Asia and Africa it has led to political destabilization and violence. However, the most shocking thing about the War on Drugs is its goal, to have a world free of drugs. This is very unrealistic because humans are substance users. People will always find a way to get ahold of a substance or find a new substance. Instead of incarcerating the user and labeling them with hurtful words, we should follow harm-reduction strategies; making testing kits easily accessible, legalizing the use of substances and providing clean and healthy injection sites. Furthermore, it would be beneficial to change what we think we know about “drug addiction”. Abusing substances is not the cause, it is often an effect, of negative life circumstance. Therefore, the War on Drugs has not been beneficial to most people, it has only negatively affected most people; drug and non-drug users alike.

Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure” – Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell