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America is criminalizing addicts to the point where it has become a death sentence for some. Drug laws and drug courts have to adapt to new information that shows the real fall out for addicts and their families. Here is what Elaine Powlowski has to say: “Policy makers believe that Drug Courts and 911 Laws are the solution but in their current state they are not. True statistics and valid research is needed. As long as shaming those with a chronic illness is the true model, people will continue to die and policies will not change. Law makers are choosing who may live or die with new policies that are misleading the public”. Please view: Reevaluating Drug Courts link by Elaine Pawlowski
I am always looking for perspectives from bright and influential people who are paving the road to resolution on how America’ deals with its menagerie of addictions. Here is another one. This piece aired Sunday, 8 p.m. ET August 11 on CNN by the esteemed Dr. Sanjay Gupta. His thoughts embody the compassion needed to deal with a nation that treats alcohol and drugs liberally on the one hand yet brutally stigmatizes and criminalizes a growing minority that fall of the cliff. I focus on that rather than the legalization of drugs. The web blog, moreover, promotes eventual legitimacy of addiction as a medically treatable disease backed by legislation. This has to coincide with the decriminalization of drug usage in order to embody a unified approach to accessible treatment free of fear and judgement.