The War On Drugs And Drugs

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When I first started reading this book I thought to myself “how am I going to read this book it seems so dry and boring.” Then I continued to read it and realized that it was hard for me to put it down. There was so much information on this topic of the War on Drugs that I am still wrapping my mind around it. It went into such detail about the war on drugs that are never talked about. We always hear “just say no.” I know that drugs are a very big problem in our society and even the whole world but I never knew to what extent it really was. I found it very interesting how Johann Hari interviewed these people who were in the middle of the drug war and their stories. It really opened my eyes to what is really going on in the world with …show more content…

What good does overfilling a jail with addicts do? In Chasing the Scream Hari states; “the United States now imprisons more people for drug offenses than Western European nations imprison for all crimes combined”(Hari 109). People are getting worse charges for having marijuana or crack on them then people who are committing real crimes. Of course that is illegal and people should not be doing that but to treat them as if they are nothing at all but just a nuisance is horrible. In the book Chasing the Scream Hari quotes Chino, “…we need to approach drug addiction not as a criminal justice situation but more as a public health situation”(Hari 82). Addicts do need a safe place that they can go to recover or live. “Normal” people do not want addicts in their neighborhoods especially if children are around and they will agree with law enforcement or government to make sure the addicts who they portray as “bad” people are out of there. It can be hard to get addicts to feel comfortable and open up when seeking help. That is what can be difficult when trying to find a place where they can go. I think society often passes judgement on addicts as soon as you find out they are an addict. That is one thing that as a society we need to overcome. It is horrible to automatically place someone in a certain category because of x, y, and z. We are all guilty of this and the people Hari interviewed like Chino really opened my eyes. This

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