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Meth Inc.: Industrial-scale Mexican labs now pushing top-grade poison our way is a piece published a few weeks ago by the Arizona Daily Star, that talks about corporate meth;  The new meth source.  Yes, Americas drug war managed to push  local meth production into Mexico.  The demand never went away.  This is the legacy of our war on drugs; pouring gasoline on a fire.  The more you try and kill it, the bigger it gets.    Just north of the U.S.-MEXICO border, Arizona  is No. 1 in the nation for high school methamphetamine use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Rural areas in Arizona and other states tend to be hit even harder and the drug is easy to get from Mexico.   One meth hot spot, Central Valley, California, is home to some of the most impoverished rural towns in America, where crystal meth addiction is prolific.  In Fresno, Louis Theroux finds a community ravaged by this cheap and highly addictive drug in his documentary, The City addicted to Crystal Meth    Meth is just one drug that is tearing apart our country.

Fighting America’s craving for drugs is not easy.  Crystal Darkness is one small campaign to end the madness.  You can view their website:  CRYSTAL DARKNESS.  Their  mission, however, clear is dwarfed by the immensity of the problem in America.  Now with the economy in shambles, where will  young addicts turn?…State funded rehab?   It’s clear that an entire reversal of what we have been doing for the last 40 years has to take place.  Emphasis has to be on recovery and saving our youth.  Drug addiction has to be given legitimacy as a disease that devours our young like a rouge cancer.  Killing it is not working.  It needs to enter the realm of medical science.  We are better than this.

Robbie Gennet: End the Drug War by Rescheduling All Drugs
The $320 billion annual global drug industry now accounts for 1 percent of all commerce on the planet. The war on drugs is a failure. All that taxpayer money spent with no real impact on lowering taxpayer consumption. Yet simply adjusting the methodology and basis of our drug scheduling could change it all, using a new set of standards based on empirical data and facts, not misleading rhetoric propping up the status quo.  link by Mary

World Drug Report 2011

Many illicit drug markets have reached global dimensions and require control strategies on a comparable scale. In that context, there is a need to better understand these transnational markets and the manner in which they operate. The yearly World Drug Report is a contribution towards that objective.

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies | Glenn Greenwald | Cato Institute: White Paper.

Notably, decriminalization has become increasingly popular in Portugal since 2001. Except for some far-right politicians, very few domestic political factions are agitating for a repeal of the 2001 law. And while there is a widespread perception that bureaucratic changes need to be made to Portugal’s decriminalization framework to make it more efficient and effective, there is no real debate about whether drugs should once again be criminalized. News Room: New CASA Report Finds Adolescent Substance Use at Epidemic Levels.

The study looks at how American culture increases the risk that teens will use addictive substances and how the messages sent by adults, and glamorized by the tobacco and alcohol industries and the media, normalize substance use and undermine the health and futures of our teens.

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