A war on drugs?

I’m taking an addiction counseling class right at the moment, and I have learned so much about addiction over the course of the past few weeks. My professor, Dr. Julie Russo, specializes in addiction counseling. Sitting in class and listening to her lectures I feel that I walk away with such a greater empathy for those struggling through addictions (which is most of us in some form or another, by the way).

Today we had a short presentation on meth, and as we talked briefly about the ‘war on drugs’ she had a great quote.

“It shouldn’t be a ‘war on drugs.’ It should be a war on the causes of pain people experience that leads them to try drugs in the first place.”

I couldn’t agree more.

It’s about PREVENTION and EDUCATION.

Why can’t we understand the concept of PREVENTION here in America? It boggles my mind.

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