The federal and state governments have spent more than $1 trillion during the last 40 years on the war on drugs. A war that has been so unsuccessful that more than half a million people are in prison for drug law violations–a tenfold increase since 1980. Once released from prison with the stigma of a criminal record, the people face a very difficult future.
Clearly, the present drug policies are not working. There is a need to rethink the basis and treatment of addiction. Watch British journalist Johann Hari’s 2015 Ted talk in which he offers surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.