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Another innocent victim of the drug war
This is the grave of Esequiel Hernandez, another innocent victim of the drug war .

 

A Price Too Great

 

 

 

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To provide scientific information and expert opinion about drugs and to suggest a path to better policies.


DPFT members are citizens from a variety of political and social groups who are concerned about the effects that the war on drugs has on our society and are interested in the changes that are being made to that strategy. Our major goal is to promote the well informed open debate and discussion that are essential in making constructive policy changes.

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Drug Use, Abuse and Dependence (Addiction) In America

To solve a problem, first define it

How many addicts? What drugs?


Texas Legislature Is Failing Our Veterans

Dr. William Martin in Texas Monthly


The Path Forward: Rethinking Federal Marijuana Policy
By Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Rep. Jared Polis


Major  Drug Policy Conference at James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice U 

Is Prohibition Working?
If Not What Next ?

by Michael Gilbert,PhD
Assistant Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
University of Texas at San Antonio

Conclusions after 42 years of work in the criminal justice system


TIME TO END THE ENDLESS WAR ON DRUGS

By Suzanne Wills, Special Contributor

Statesman.com AUSTIN. TX,  Dec. 8, 2011

When President Richard Nixon created the Drug Enforcement Administration by executive order 40 years ago, the promise was a diminishing market for illegal drugs and a decrease in crime and violence. 

The reality has been much different.

(read more )


MAKE DRUGS LEGAL URGE FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

Jimmy Carter and Sting Amongst Those Who Signed the Petition

David Cameron is being advised to legalise drug use in Britain by an elite group former U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners and six British MP's.

In a letter that have been sent to the Prime Minister, Cameron has been encouraged to reverse current UK law that treats drug use as criminal one rather than a medical issue.

(read more)
*Commission of World Leaders Urges New Approaches to Failed Drug War, Move from Criminal Justice toward Public Health Approach
*Former Presidents of Brazil,Colombia, Mexico and Switzerland, Prime Minister of Greece, Kofi Annan , George Shultz and Paul Volcker Call for Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy*

The Global Commission on Drug Policy

Goals

- review the basic assumption, effectiveness and consequences of the 'war on drugs' approach

- evaluate the risks and benefits of different national responses to the drug problem

- develop actionable, evidence-based recommendations for constructive legal and drug policy reform

More http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Commission


ALCOHOL: Over 80 Percent of All Drug Addiction
Figures show the percent of the population over age 11 who have a problem with each drug. People with multiple drug problems may be counted twice or more.
Past Year SUD (addiction)
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
 adapted from NSDUH Table G.28
ILLICIT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
9.4
9.1
9.4
9.1
9.2
9.0
8.9
8.9
ALCOHOL
7.7
7.5
7.8
7.7
7.6
7.5
7.3
7.4
ILLICIT DRUGS
3.0
2.9
3.0
2.8
2.9
2.8
2.8
2.8
BOTH ILLICIT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
1.4
1.3
1.4
1.3
1.3
1.3
1.2
1.3
Marijuana and Hashish
1.8
1.8
1.9
1.7
1.7
1.6
1.7
1.7
Cocaine
0.6
0.6
0.7
0.6
0.7
0.6
0.6
0.4
Heroin
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.2
Hallucinogens
0.2
0.1
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.1
0.1
0.1
Inhalants
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
Nonmedical Use of Psychotherapeutics
0.9
0.8
0.9
0.8
0.8
0.9
0.9
0.9
Pain Relievers
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
Tranquilizers
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
Stimulants
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.2
0.1
0.1
Sedatives
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.1

DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA: IT'S FAR LESS HARMFUL THAN ALCOHOL

"I witness the adverse health effects of licit and illicit drugs daily. As emergency physicians, we are the ultimate realists. We know that the prohibition of marijuana is a failed public health policy."

Past president of the American College
of Emergency Medicine, Larry A. Bedard, MD

[more]


Drug War: How We Got Into This Mess and the Vested Interests That Keep Us Here
A slide show by Suzanne Wills


Editorial: Rice forum tackles drug war
March 7, 2012
Source: Houston Chronicle (TX)


Needle-exchange programs Christian thing to do
Houston Chronicle,  April 5, 2009
by William Martin
James A. Baker III Institute at Rice University

"Texas is the only state in the Union that still prohibits the purchase or possession of syringes for purpose of
injecting illegal drugs."

'Think of the message we now send:  'You are social lepers and, as  upright, moral, sincerely religious people, we prefer that you and others in your  social orbit die.' ”

More:  “Needle Exchange Programs: Sending the Right Message

Physicians Urge Government to Recognize Marijuana as Medicine

by  Eric Bailey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 2-25-08

The American College of Physicians, the nation's largest organization of doctors of internal medicine, with 124,000 members, contends that the long and rancorous debate over marijuana legalization has obscured good science that has demonstrated the benefits and medicinal promise of cannabis.

"We felt the time had come to speak up about this," said Dr. David Dale, the group's president. "We'd like to clear up the uncertainty and anxiety of patients and physicians over this drug."

The American College of Physicians position paper February 2008 http://drugsense.org/url/RTJp0V7l

See: Key Points


      

"We believe that the global war on drugs is now causing more harm than drug abuse itself."

Public Letter from

George Shultz, Paul Volcker, Milton Friedman, et.al.


"It is time for America to move beyond its moral crusade and adopt a public-health approach to the problem of drug abuse, an approach that is likely to be much more successful and certainly more humane." 

The Lancet, leading medical journal


THE DRUGS ARE HERE TO STAY

A decorated former undercover narcotics detective explains why

Russ Jones speaks to San Antonio Rotary Club (28 minutes)

also see : Supply and Availability

DPFT SPEAKERS BUREAU

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Incarcerated Americans as a Percentage of Population 1920-2008

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