America’s Longest War, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 24 2012 @ 8:27am

Reviewing Eugene Jarecki's film, The House I Live In, Michael Massing reflects on some telling facts about consumption of illegal drugs in the US:

[C]ocaine use has decreased considerably since its peak in the mid-1980s, and methamphetamine use has also subsided after a destructive surge in the 2000s. But the abuse of prescription drugs, especially of opioid painkillers, has grown to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "epidemic" levels, and the number of accidental overdose deaths from such substances has soared. This spurt underscores that the real source of our drug problem lies not in Mexico or Colombia but inside our own borders, and that arresting and locking up users is a singularly ineffective way of addressing it. 

Earlier Dish on the film here.