Our twenty-year war needs
It seems like the war on drugs has always
been an issue in the United States. In Houston alone, thousands of citizens
are using illegal narcotics every day.
Many citizens feel that the war on drugs
is a lost cause; others think that the war can be won with more money and
more police power.
The question now is, what course of action
should we as a people take to end the drug war?
Houston policymakers have made many attempts
to win the war on drugs.
Programs such as the Houston Crackdown
coordinate and support volunteer projects in the areas of substance abuse
prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
With programs of this nature and child-targeted
programs like Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the city hopes to combine
prevention and suppression tactics to reduce illegal drug use by the citizens
Other drug organizations, such as the Drug
Policy Forum of Texas, want the government to change its laws on drug policy.
The organization helps the public educate
itself through the distribution of materials about illegal drugs and the
government's attempts to end the drug war.
It serves as a focal point, providing those
who believe reform is necessary with a way to unite with others of similar
beliefs and help translate those beliefs into a politically viable solution.
Parents should take the time with their
children to teach them the importance of not using drugs.
They should explain the dangers inherent
in drug abuse and provide help on how to say no to peer pressure groups
who urge them to try drugs.
Teachers should also take time out to show
films about drugs and drug use.
For example, when I was in elementary school
we had to see a film about drugs -- and this film was not pretty.
I remember watching a young woman inhaling
cocaine to feel the rush of her high. Later that evening she was vomiting
the drug out of her system. I'll never forget that.
I thought, "If drugs did that to someone,
I'll never take them."
As for drug offenders, they should have
jail time but they should also go a treatment center to clean themselves
up so when they go back to society, they'll be drug free and capable of
staying off the drugs that helped send them to prison. Whether they're
clean for the long haul or they begin to use drugs again is up to them.
Although I offer these solutions, I can't
guarantee they will work.
The drug war will always be a struggle
for our nation, but instead of organizations clashing with each other because
of their differences on winning the drug war, they should come together
before we all have our hands on the crack pipe.