By Jason Good, Narconon
Any kid from the 1980s and 1990s can recall the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program. The well-known drug abuse awareness program came on the coattails of Nancy Reagan’s “just say no” campaign. The campaign, steeped in the misguided ideology of the “war on drugs” purported to give kids a way to avoid drug use. As crack cocaine devastated low-income communities and further oppressed minority groups, the rest of America’s attention was set on fighting the country’s growing drug problem, but fighting drugs seems to have been the wrong approach.
More people than ever before were jailed on drug-related offenses as more and more money was funneled into anti-drug initiatives and law enforcement. Receiving no rehabilitation whatsoever, drug users were punished instead of helped. The United States has aggressively tried to fight drugs for the last 40 years and statistics show that the drug problem only worsened over time.