Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | June 7, 2011

Please, don’t make drugs available to my kids

The new cool drug is legal, and it’s widely available at delis and malls for about $85. It’s called “K-2” or “Spice” or “Genie” or “Sohai,” and it’ll trigger long-term waves of psychosis, hallucinations, and thoughts of suicide. Several teens have already slashed their throats after taking it.

It’s completely legal and it’s not regulated whatsoever.

You can also buy it online, right here or here.

Last week, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria, former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo, former U.S. secretary of state George Shultz, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour pushed to legalize drugs. They backed the new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which said, “The fact is that the war on drugs is a failure.”

But I don’t think it’s too much of a failure if it keeps drugs away from teens, and teens from committing suicide.

Justice Canada spokeswoman Carole Saindon: “The Government of Canada continues its efforts under the National Anti-Drug Strategy, which focuses on prevention and access to treatment for those with drug dependencies, while at the same time getting tough on drug dealers and producers who threaten the safety of our youth and communities. … Making drugs more available – as this report suggests – will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

Office of U.S. National Drug Control Policy spokesman Rafael Lemaitre: “Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Making drugs more available — as this report suggests — will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

Also last week, the Colombian army destroyed twenty-six drug cooking labs thanks to locals who reported the “rustic” installations in the middle of the jungle in the Guaviare province. Twenty-one of the labs were operated by the FARC, and five belonged to a criminal gang. The 26 labs combined were able to produce 50 kilos of processed cocaine in one week.

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Responses

  1. Drugs are already available to kids, in fact repeatedly when U.S. high schoolers are asked which drug is easier to obtain alcohol or marijuana they have consistenly said Marijuana is generally easier to get…government regulates the production/distribution of one but not the other. Individuals such as yourself are part of the reason why we have insane drug policies which mandate five year sentences for non-violent drug crimes, policies that have been targeted against young african-american men who fill our prisons for crimes that involve mainly adults seeking to get high in the privacy of their home…well at least your kids are “safe”. Thanks.

    Will

    p.s. and these same policies have exacerbated displacement in Colombia as well as fed the illegal armies operating there given its immense profit and the black market nature of its distribution…for someone who studies Colombia I am surprised that you would back the continuation of such irrational policies that have done such harm to the country.

  2. Well, the point of the commission is that War on Drugs is failure precisely because, despite the billions of dollars spent and the millions of people incarcerated, drug use has only increased. It hasn’t actually been keeping drugs away from teens (K2, a legal substance, is only starting to be prevalent because marijuana – a much safer substance – is illegal).

    fyi, Here’s a link to where you can read the actual report, because out of 24 pages of research and analysis I’ve noticed that most articles only managed to cite the most sensational sounding 1 or 2 sentences. http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report

    And think we can all agree that you can’t expect a government spokesperson to be a reliable source if talking about a report that criticizes that government.


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