The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

Over at the Drug Czar’s “blog,” the ONDCP has their own additional take on the State of the Union address.

Drug use affects millions of Americans and their families. Drug use and its consequences strain our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and harm the well-being of young people, service members and our Nation’s veterans. As we work together to address our Nation’s shared challenges, the health, well-being and stability of our citizens will be the basis for strengthening our economy and our country overall. A healthy and productive workforce will foster competitiveness and innovation within our neighborhoods, towns and communities. Prevention and treatment for substance abuse disorders, including drugs and alcohol, will ensure that our fellow citizens can contribute to our shared successes, and that America’s future generations will continue to lead the world in innovation and ingenuity.

It’s got some poetry, but it’s not quite in tune, so I thought I’d take a stab at it…

The drug war affects millions of Americans and their families. The drug war and its consequences strain our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, cause worldwide violence and corruption, and harm the well-being of young people and our Nation’s veterans. As we work together to address our Nation’s shared challenges, the health, well-being and stability of our citizens will be the basis for strengthening our economy and our country overall. However, that cannot happen as long as we declare war on our own people, fill our prisons to capacity, and turn the safety and distribution of certain drugs over to criminal networks. Ending the drug war, restoring personal liberty, and providing help for those who need it will ensure that our fellow citizens can contribute to our shared successes, and that America’s future generations will continue to lead the world in innovation and ingenuity.

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