The article examines US government policies to curb the most dangerous addictions: smoking, drinking, drugs, and overeating. Bans never work. It concludes by recommending that for all addicts should pay an increasing share of the health costs they incur.
US government restrictions on human choice need to be rethought. Our jails are full of drug users while there are not even background checks for gun purchases. I explore these and other inconsistencies in government regulations in my latest article.
The US is spending more than $100 billion annually on programs to eliminate “entertainment” drug use. The program is not working. I urge you to take the time to read through this article on why the US should legalize these drugs.
We hear that illicit drugs are bad. So we support efforts to limit their production and use. What we don’t hear is that these efforts are not working and they impose severe social and economic costs both in the US and abroad. This article sets forth these costs and concludes illicit drugs should be legalized.