Coroner Kent Harshbarger estimates that ... the state [of Ohio] will see 10,000 overdoses by the end of 2017 — more than were recorded in the entire United States in 1990.Peter has an excellent and in-depth post of the utter idiocy of the "War on Drugs"and you should RTWT.
This would normally trigger an epic Borepatchian uberpost. Instead, I will merely summarize the costs of this idiotic program:
40 year cost of War on Drugs is $1 Trillion
Half of all Federal prison inmates are serving time for drug offenses (same link as above)
$100 B black market in drugs shows no sign of going away
Remember, after all of this treasure we are looking at an epidemic of overdose deaths.
Now add in the corruption of Law Enforcement:
The proliferation of SWAT teams
The proliferation of "No Knock" raids
The unaccountability of police (warning: autoplay video)
Billions of dollars taken via "Civil Asset Forfeiture" without charges, trial, or conviction
Now add in the corruption of the Intelligence Agencies:
DEA covers up program to collect information on all Americans
Now add in the corruption of the medical community:
A "Civil War" over pain medication is tearing the medical community apart
Patients can't get pain medication and so turn to heroin
How the War On Drugs fuels the Opioid epidemic
I could go on, but let me sum up: The war on drugs has made us less free, has fueled the growth of the Police/Surveillance State that targets us, has corrupted Law Enforcement and driven a wedge between them and the citizenry. It has done this while drugs have become both more prevalent and more deadly, and while legitimate patients are forced to turn to illegal drugs because their doctors can't prescribe them the pharmaceuticals that would ease their chronic pain.
And let's return to what started this rant. Consider the death toll: Ohio expects 10,000 overdose deaths this year, from a population of 11.6 M. Normalizing this to a US population of 320M gives us an expected overdose death total of almost 300,000 a year nationwide. That's more than the war dead we suffered in World War II. And that entirely ignores the fact that most murders in this country are over drug turf battles.
Think about that: all the treasure, all the lost freedom, and we are suffering a World War II each year, every year, with no end in sight.
The War on Drugs is futile, stupid, and evil. It should end immediately. This is a stupid game, we're losing, and we shouldn't play.