The time is getting right for the nation, on a state-by-state basis, to shift from a War on Drugs Policy to a Public Health Addiction Policy.
The motto of the War On Drugs Is:
GET TOUGH, BE DUMB
The War on drugs is a GET TOUGH, BE DUMB approach to the international effort manage the addiction epidemic.
The motto of the Public Health Addiction Policy is GET TOUGH, BE SMART
The Public Health Addiction Policy is a GET TOUGH, BE SMART approach that used public health policies, that were do successful in managing the cigarette addiction problem. Early Intervention, Treatment, and Relapse Prevention needs to be the leading approach, supported by law enforcement efforts.
ADDICTION IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
Addiction is a public health issue yet the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not mention it as a top priority. The closest it comes is to address public health approaches to tobacco and smoking. This has lead to a reduction in smoking.
It is time to shift more responsibility to the CDC for managing the alcohol and drug abuse epidemic.
THE GOAL: BUILDING SOBER COMMUNITIES
The goal should be building sober and responsible communities by promoting sober and responsible lifestyles both as prevention and to provide a supportive environment for recovering people.
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