Drug War Stats

I have copied the following from the flier distributed by the Drug Policy
Alliance.  When you contemplate these statistics and know that many countries have already legalized all drugs and treat additions as a medical not a justice issue.  The catastrophe that is the so called war on drugs gains a colossally disastrous image.

 

Drug War Statistics

Did you know….

Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000

 

Number of people arrested in 2014 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.5 million
Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2013: 693,482

  • Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 609,423(88 percent)

 

Number of Americans incarcerated in 2013 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,220,300 or 1 in every 110 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent
Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 23 + District of Columbia
Number of states that have approved legally taxing and regulating marijuana4 (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington)

 

Number of states that have decriminalized marijuana by eliminating criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts for personal use: 20
Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000
Number of people killed in Mexico’s drug war since 2006: 100,000+

 

Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+
Number of people in the U.S. who died from a drug overdose in 2013: 43,982
Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by: 80 percent

 

One-third of all AIDS cases in the U.S. have been caused by syringe sharing:354,000 people

 

U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs: $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for them

Get additional facts at the Drug War Facts website.

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Current Drug Issues And The Big Pharma Menace

 

By Brian Shilhavy

Health Impact News

 

Drugs: almost 100% of Americans use them. Chances are you have some in your medicine cabinet in your bathroom. Most drugs used in the U.S. today are legal, while some are illegal. Unfortunately, the picture of drugs portrayed by the mainstream media is very biased and one-sided, and not well understood by most Americans. So I want to present as much factual information here as possible, information you are not likely to read in the mainstream media since they themselves are very much funded and influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.

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