Sunday, July 25, 2004

How I learned to stop fearing the Taliban and to love Heroin

Since Bush's little adventure in Afghanistan has turned into a total disaster and opium production is skyrocketing there, perhaps it is time to consider responses to heroin addiction.

Swiss Info has an article by Faryal Mirza about the Swiss response to heroin addiction.  They give addicts heroin and try to get them onto methadone eventually.  They make the program very structured, give them clean needles, and don't let them take the heroin home with them.

I doubt a program like this would ever work in the United States since it is far too rational.  The federal ban on funding needle exchange programs is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this country's entirely irrational approach to the "war on drugs". 

Jon Stewart once observed that need to stop declaring war on abstractions like drugs, poverty, and terrorism.  We're getting our asses kicked in these wars.

Don't even get me started on Plan Colombia...

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