As some of you may know the drug war is one of the societal conditions that gets a lot of my attention.
Addiction or Self Medication?
Cannabinoids - the Key to many Pains?
Big Mac - heroin attack
What I have noted lately is a sea change in some attitudes. When I started writing two or three years ago the idea that long term PTSD was in part genetic was not well accepted. If you read my latest post on the subject -
A test for PTSD - you will see if you follow the links that the genetic component of PTSD is now an established fact without caveats. This is progress.
As time goes on the connection to drug use will become equally obvious.
Bush as part of his plan to slim government is defunding some of the drug war programs that do not appear to work.
Walters has initiated policy changes and management reforms that have rankled his staff and an array of interested stakeholders. The president's budget proposal for next year, which significantly reduces funding for drug assistance to state and local governments, has produced howls of protest from the officials who run these programs -- and from the members of Congress who represent them.I wonder if the boys at the top of the drug war have gotten the word about the direction of brain research re: drug use.
The Rand think tank has issued a report suggesting that the nation's drug policies are badly misdirected. And a small group of current and former ONDCP employees complain that Walters has run off the office's most experienced senior staff. The agency reported to Congress last year that most of the 17 senior career employees of the Office of Demand Reduction had resigned, retired, or been transferred since 2001, including three employees, with more than 20 years of combined experience in the drug czar's office, who retired on one day in August 2003.
The focal point for recent criticism of the drug czar's office has been the president's proposal to cut the budget for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program by more than half and move the program to the Justice Department.
This could be the beginning of the demise of our whole drug control apparatus.