People may make their own choices whether to use and/or sell drugs, but independent decision-making is steadily reduced as factors such as addiction and economic disadvantage come into play. Given the failure of the so-called "war on drugs" to stop illegal drug use and the violent crime that often flows from it, the question becomes how to end this cycle of arrest and re-arrest and the concomitant expenditure of resources to deal with these cases in ways that will meaningfully reduce crime.
Fed-up residents in Southeast Baltimore banded together to shut the T-shaped alleyway off from the rest of the neighborhood with a locked gate — illustrating a movement that is spreading to neighborhoods across Baltimore.
On June 21, the Vatican press office published the presentation made by Pope Francis to the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) in Rome. The Pope told the conferees, "The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! … Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy, but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon." These comments represent an unfortunate, categorical rejection of "maintenance" treatment of opioid addiction with medications such as methadone.
While Americans like to believe that a child can rise above a low-income family background to go to college and then a high paying job, research by a Johns Hopkins University sociologist over a quarter of a century in Baltimore proves it rarely happens in Baltimore.
Currently Congress refuses to provide us with one of the cheapest, most effective tools as we struggle against the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C in our communities. In response, over 70 scientists and health practitioners from Maryland have written to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), asking her to help end the ban. Such action is essential not just for our state, but for the country as a whole.
According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 23 million Americans, or roughly 9 percent of the U.S. population were illicit drug users. So if the original objective of the War on drugs was to rid the country of recreational drugs, it has been a dismal failure.
The NCAA is grappling with how to treat college athletes' use of marijuana — a popular drug that presents a puzzle because it is considered unsafe by the U.S. government but is not a performance enhancer and has been decriminalized by a number of states.
In response to a 2010 Youth Commission Survey, in which 49 percent of youth in grades six to 12 indicated they feel strongly that alcohol and drug abuse educational program and initiatives are needed, the Harford County Department of Community Services launched the new prevention program, Above the Influence Alcohol and Drug Education Program, in January