Hey, Trump, end the war on drugs NOW

One of the reasons why the war on drugs was initiated about 50 years ago was to protect the public from themselves, er, harmful drugs like heroin, marijuana and cocaine. Unfortunately, 50 years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, the war on drugs has become a massive failure: drugs are still rampant, people are being incarcerated and Americans are dying.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released a new chart, comparing the drug-induced death rates for 15- to 64-year-olds among many countries. Despite its harsh drug laws, United States ranks the highest in this category. Portugal, meanwhile, with its drug legalization, is near the bottom.

Here is the chart:

Recent warnings and messages from the Trump administration suggest that drug legalization or decriminalization will not be happening over the next four years. It’s a real shame.

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