War on drugs is promoted by countries such as USA and Canada. Government law enforcement agencies fight against the importation and supply of illicit drugs at a national and local level. Illicit drugs are sourced from overseas drug cartels which use couriers and containers to bring in shipments of illicit drugs for resale in the local market. Government agencies try to intercept them.
Very rarely are the main players arrested, and even the interception of large shipments of illicit drugs only seems to cause a temporary drought until more illicit drugs come onto the street.
The war on drugs has become a ritual. Drug cartels and law enforcement agencies are each very powerful forces – in the war on drugs neither side seems to be able to gain any real advantage over the other. Battle fronts are maintained with minor gains and losses. In real terms even the biggest “drug bust” is no more than a borderline skirmish.
The war on drugs is doomed to continue. While we have addiction there will be a demand for illicit drugs. People with drug addiction create a demand for illicit drugs. There will always be someone ready and willing to supply illicit drugs to meet drug addict demand.
The solution to the war on drugs is to create an environment in which there is no demand for illicit drugs because people are addiction free.
Addiction to drugs or anything is always a compulsive response intended to help the addict overcome emotional stress and anxiety. While we have major stress endemic in our lifestyle – there will always be those who choose the option of illicit drugs as a means of coping – some call it “copping out”.
If people in society were emotionally healthy addiction and the need for illicit drugs would disappear. With no market forces driving it, it would put an end to the war on drugs.
Illicit drugs have become “harder” and more powerful – this is a response to need. People’s brains have become more rigid and hardwired in response to stress. Illicit drugs need to be more powerful to get emotional response from a brain half dead from stress and using illicit drugs of addiction.
The war on drugs needs to be won at an internal level. It does not provide addict help to criminalize illicit drug use and people with addiction. Addict help is best provided by supporting the person with addiction, to give addicts help at an emotional level so that they have no need to rely upon and use illicit drugs of addiction.
Society does not enable people with addiction to achieve emotional healing. The best that people can expect when using illicit drugs is to be placed on a replacement drug program – medical science has no terms of reference which include the emotions or healing. Illicit drugs dependency and behavioral issues are simply met with drug use policies and programs which modify dependency and behavior.
Dealing with emotional issues is beyond the scope of scientific method.
The Vienna Declaration has perhaps thrown down the gauntlet – it demands that someone come up with evidence based models for recovery from addiction and the achievement of good health. You will not find the evidence for good health buried deep in research statistics – good health and happiness is found in human relationship.
Holistic practices which provide drug free methods for detox and rehab from illicit drugs have been fighting a war on drugs for some time. Statistics prove that with holistic treatments – over 70% of people using illicit drugs become addiction free.