The war against drugs has been a terrible disaster for everybody involved. Why? And can we do something differently?
Check out the Stop The Harm campaign: https://stoptheharm.org
We finally have MERCH! http://bit.ly/1P1hQIH
Support us on Patreon so we can make more stuff (and get cool wallpapers): https://www.patreon.com/Kurzgesagt?ty=h
Get the music of the video here:
Further reading on the drug war:
Nixon on the war on drugs: http://bit.ly/1QRJcZ7
The Balloon Effect explained: http://bit.ly/1SfnP3b
The Economics Behind War on Drugs: http://bit.ly/1VOJiPk
Black Kids get more often arrested for drug offenses: http://brook.gs/1ppiPH6 & http://bit.ly/1kJs83H
World Drug Report: http://bit.ly/1QY97NU
Global supply of drugs: http://bit.ly/1OLXq6u
Four pillars drug strategy: http://bit.ly/1Qkhh0y
THANKS A LOT TO OUR LOVELY PATRONS FOR SUPPORTING US:
Sara Priselac, Eric, José Díez, Antonie Coetzee, Julien Dubois, Mert Tekin, Reno, Ran Moneta, Terry Breen-Smith, Azri Rostam, Guy Nicholson, DeAdrean Martin, Ty Cook, Wes Blind, Marc Stein, Mathias Højbjerg, Rustan Curman, Christopher Homs, Selene Kwan, Nikita, Jamie Buch, Yong-Bi Jo, Charles Cartwrighte, Steven Ferrari, Logan Kent, Danimal, Matthias Gyllenvarg, Kieran Keegan, Jai Kowalik, Chad Mellor, Karla Brilman, Daniel Dchuette, Lindsey Skouras, Allan Lehamnn Kristensen, Michael DeFreitas, James Wiles, Brian Lathrop, Kyle Sayers, Zack, Touki Wawa Wang, David Campos, Conner Fissell, Atlas Moon, Trevor Kam, Anon, Jan Sundgaard Schultz, Andrew Wissam Chidiac Cherian
Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure
Help us caption & translate this video!
You guys realise that if the govt. was behind the illegal drugs thing it would have broken society and meant less tax money for them, right? The war on drugs was pretty much not political as it was really just politicians fucking up very badly making a decision
It goes beyond drugs though. The problem with the entire justice system, and human society as a whole, is that we want revenge. We dont want wrongdoers to change their ways and become productive members of society. Instead we want them to suffer and rot away in prison for the rest of their lives. The "war on drugs" is only a symptom of the underlying problem that the justice system isnt optimized for whats best for society as a whole, which is in itself a symptom of society's problem with how we view criminals. Theres no forgiveness, no trying to make peoples lives better.
There are so many examples. You'll hear about some drunk teenager accidentally hitting and killing someone with a car and everyone will say lock him up for good. You'll see someone make a questionable post on twitter. In response everyone will gang up on him and make sure he gets fired from his job. And of course you'll find someone at a low point in their lives turn to drugs out of desperation. And when he gets caught we'll use some twisted logic to convince ourselves that he's harming society so the only option is to punish him some more and ensure he never gets the opportunity to reintegrate into society. Regardless if any of these people deserve their punishments, locking them up, then making sure they can never get a decent job afterwards does absolutely no good to anyone. Im not saying nobody should go to prison, some people can never integrate to society. But I would bet that most criminals wouldn't be if given the proper opportunity and guidance.
The war on drugs is a huge success to it's designers, as a destabilizing control system. The Bush/Clinton crime family actually imports the drugs with the help of the CIA and the military. The US has 25% of the worlds prisoners yet just 5% of the worlds population. Most of the prisoners are incarcerated because of drugs or related charges. In the US private prisons and legal system make a large financial profits, from the incarceration process. Order is achieved out of chaos, whereby the problem that the elite create, is remedied with a solution for as described. The US is always at war with something, be it drugs, terrorism, communism, ect. With war powers and other legislation, the noose of control tightens, and they get the reduction of freedoms they ultimately sought to achieve.
The war on drugs is a huge success.
What people cannot wrap their head around is the crystalline evil of our policy makers.
Prisons make money.
Drugs make money.
Drug users go to prison...which makes money.
Felons find life harder on the outside...which leads to drug abuse...which makes money
Drug users get caught and go to prison...
Want this top stop?
Simple: Utterly ruin the careers of politicians that don't actively destroy the prison industry.
I'd prefer if my tax dollars would go towards building a better education system so we don't have so many fucking retards in this country, not getting a junkie his fix because a couple of hippies feel sorry for his poor life choices.
First step of conquering your drug addiction. Admit that you have an addiction.
Second step? Admitting that it's no one else's responsibility but yours. You have to want to quit. Period.
Akiraspin and dipshits like you are why we have such a bad drug issue... how fucking hard is it to realize that the war on drugs is doing nothing but cause more problems... why is it a bad thing to make sure people are as safe as possible when doing whatever substance they're doing... would you rather have regulated drugs and facilities where people can do them safely or would you like to have people die from something that could easily be prevented...
You might disagree with me.. but I would have to say that a country and the people should kill those who are so bad because of drugs without any chance.. I know that people hate killing, but if more and more children will be addicted and their futures destroyed, I would rather have all the hideous offense eradicated immediately.. as long as the people and the government would work together, it would work considerably well, especially for countries that doesn't have not much money..
Ok... not only are you a gigantic piece of shit for suggesting literal fucking genocide... but you're a goddamn moron too... here's a newsflash for ya, YOU CAN NOT ERADICATE DRUGS AND THEIR USERS... there's always gonna be someone making or growing drugs, someone selling those drugs, and someone taking those drugs... a little law wont stop that you dipshit...
The only fact one needs to ponder is that the US government spends $40-$50 billion a year "fighting" a $100 billion a year illegal drug habit. TOTAL AND UTTER FAILURE and it needs to immediately end. We can not allow our societies debasement to continue at the hands of inept politicians and a Legal system run totally amuck. Its been "payday" long enough for these corrupt assholes.
Harming yourself can harm society. If you ingest a drug that causes delusions and violence such as bath salts, you put others at risk, just as if you drink and drive. If you use drugs that cause severe brain damage like glue, you place a significant burden on the rest of society which needs to care for you for the rest of your life
"if someone does go crazy and harm someone under the influence of drugs wouldn't it make more sense just to take away the drug from that person rather than everybody?" no, it wouldnt. If a certain drug is known to cause violence, no one should use it. Deciding to use the drug is akin to deciding to attack someone. Many drugs can be consumed safely, and have manageable side effects. Others, not so much. Its a case by case issue
"I mean that's what the war on drugs is, is taking the drugs away from EVERYBODY with few exceptions. I mean the freaking narrative is that all these drug users are so villainous yet hardly any of them harm people" the war on drugs is bad for a few different reasons. For weaker drugs like marijuana, its bad because marijuana isnt very harmful, there isnt sufficient cause to ban it. For other drugs with more meaningful harms, its a failure because harsh laws havent reduced use rates, while providing massive amounts of money to cartels, NOT because it limits freedom. If the war on drugs saw the total eradication of heroin abuse that would be great, but it hasnt. The problem is ineffectiveness, not limits of personal freedoms.
"And crappy laws exist/have existed" and your point is? No one is saying every law ever made has been good
"isn't that for the individual to decide?" its a case by case issue. If certain actions are toxic to society, preventing those actions is good. If they dont meaningfully harm society, theres no reason to prevent it. We dont live in a vacuum, sealed off from the rest of the world. The things we do effect others and thats important
To clarify, I am not saying theres no merit to the libertarian argument. Losing freedoms is a real cost. However that cost isnt infinite. We need to weigh what freedoms we lose vs what gains we get in return. Sometimes its not worth the cost, sometimes it is. The point I am making is that you cant just say "less freedoms therefore its bad and we shouldnt do it". You need to judge these things case by case
I have the right to put what I want into my body, I am me, so I own me, so I can do whatever I want to MYSELF.
Putting harmful stuff into your body doesn't harm anybody inherently just you. Oh and if someone does go crazy and harm someone under the influence of drugs wouldn't it make more sense just to take away the drug from that person rather than everybody? I mean that's what the war on drugs is, is taking the drugs away from EVERYBODY with few exceptions. I mean the freaking narrative is that all these drug users are so villainous yet hardly any of them harm people.
And crappy laws exist/have existed so it's not always about safety and even if it is, isn't that for the individual to decide?
The law shouldn't incriminate unhealthy behavior though. One's health is their own business. The only thing that should happen to you when you take bad drugs is getting harmed not getting thrown in a cage on top of that.
Plenty of people don't do drugs by the way but suffer under the war on drugs nonetheless because of the violent black market, the police state, and the costs.
So "Don't do drugs." doesn't help even if you listen.
John Smith are you just fucking stupid??? Humans have used drugs for thousands of years... do you seriously think slapping a big red no no on everything is gonna do anything... MAYBE.... maybe someone should be allowed to put a substance in their own body... just a thought...
Singapore isn't a free country then with that alone, it's an authoritarian shithole. People should be able to do what they want with their own bodies.
Demand never dies, plus there's too many dealers to eradicate and too many drugs to confiscate.
Why should someone die selling someone an honest product voluntarily anyway? You don't like the product? Well that's fine to have that opinion but the actual transaction is none of your business to interfere with.
Yep and yet people are still okay with hard drugs being banned. Sure they weed legal now but not hard drugs. They don't care if junkies get sent to jail/get forced rehab only stoners apparently.
Everything should be legal. Don't ban objects ban actions that violate the NAP.
What's the point of these drugs anyway. Aren't they just used for medical terms? How did people learn to use this drugs as a "feel good thing?" That's so nonsense.
But by the way, War on Drugs can just lead on just killings, punishments and through its word, war. Drugs are like diseases, passes from one to another. So that War on Drugs thing will likely end up on an endless circle of killings.
There's one plan the government has, they will kill those who have drugs, yes, and people will be scared so they won't try one anymore. So it will not be an endless circle, but peace. But this plan can still end up on riots, war and violence.
In our country (Philippines), group of police riding motorcycles are spread throughout the places and kill everyone on the drug watchlist. A lot of people were complaining and begging to stop this because it will just end up on loss and won't change anything. There are also false killings, which is also a very bad thing. Killing an innocent person that doesn't have to do anything on a certain situation is so not making any sense.
You can't eradicate drugs. You just can't. It will just pass one to one until every person is dead.
I agree with Switzerland. That's the correct way to treat them.
You take Mexico as an example as the world on drugs, but you should take Brazil. It has annually 60.000 RECORDED murders related to the crime. And the police has an efficiency of 0,4% in those murders.
But something that's sucks about harm reduction is that heroine addicts get their heroine paid for by the government but my lung medication that I need to survive I have to pay $200 a month for my subscriptions alone and the government doesn't do shit even though it's a common medical condition that many die from a year.
Okay just make it so the drug rehab is voluntary funded AND provided. As in, taxes don't pay for it.
As for the lung medication have charities fund it and see the price go down when the government butts out.
Great video! The only thing wrong is that you seem to think that the oppression caused by the war on drugs is coincidental, a byproduct, and not the very real end goal it is. In other words, you say it's the means to an end, whereas it really is the end: a police state with drastic control with little cares about human rights.
Uh oh, having a socially "bad" attitude and lifestyle is seemingly harming the people having such attitudes! Better force them to find ways to continue to further the development of their attitudes and behaviors by making them go seek more things to worsen their position!
The thing about drugs is that people succumb to drug use to escape some aspect of reality. Life drives people to extremes in the pursuit of happiness. If instead of punishing drug users for their crimes they were rehabilitated and shown that happiness is attainable without a drug, drug addiction would be much less of a problem. Addiction almost always starts out psychological and progresses to a physical dependency. Once the body is trained to not depend on drugs, it's only an emotional battle. After physical withdrawal ends, the only way to keep a drug user from going back is by giving them a healthier alternative.
Happy people rarely become dependent on drugs. It shouldn't be a battle on drugs, it should be a battle against pain and suffering.
By giving addicts free stuff you don't make them stop. They will just keep going but by taking free drugs on public expense of cource.These centers will in the just become a place for addicts to hang out for free.They will vandalize those centers which at the end will close.Thats exactly what have happened here in Greece. Addicts didnt stop taking drugs they just change supplier.Corruption also don't help because corrupted on high ranks ignore these centers.
Really in which way? According to statistics blacks, for example are more likely to commit violent crimes, and that is reflected by the prison population.
Also when it comes to men/women, I think that the issues women face, atleast in the western world have become benign enough to actually start paying attention the disadvanteges that men face, by further delaying any talk about it, and even mocking groups like MRA which want to solve the problems of, custody for example, most feminists are being rather contraproductive to their cause, since even though large number of men, a large majority I'd say, actually believes in equality of genders only a small fraction of those men would actually call themselves feminists, and actually do something about it. Feminism, real feminism is important, but I don't see any real feminism around.
For various reasons. The disproportion in the percentage of serious crimes committed by men and the percentage of the prison population that are men is less severe, when compared to the same percentages for black/white people (in the US, at least.)
There is a disproportion, though, which definitely still needs to be discussed - but it falls down the priority list largely just because there isn't that same historical society-wide oppression of men as there is of women or racial minorities. We're working on fixing that stuff first, because the disadvantages faced by those historically oppressed groups are, on the whole, greater than those faced by men, and there's a limit to what we can prioritise at any one time in the pursuit of greater equality and fairness for all.
But these sorts of issues are exactly why feminism - real feminism - is important. The goal is equality of men and women, and that includes examining where men are disadvantaged too, such as in incarceration rates, custody battles in court, the lack of availability of paternity leave, and so on.
Twinsen just because people know things are wrong doesn’t mean they don’t do it. Especially in places where people don’t have good lives like ghettos, drugs tend to be more accessible for people, and drugs become a way for them to escape the horrors that is an abusive family, poor income, etc.
People tend to not make logical decisions when put in stressful & negative situations, which is why simply just educating them wouldn’t work
People are always trying to over control things. If everyone left each other alone and minded their own business the world would be smoother functioning. I don’t do drugs but I also don’t worry about what other people are doing. You would think they would have learned from alcohol prohibition. I mean unless someone’s going around blowing everyone up leave them be and worry about yourself. Nosey society.
exactly. and before someone proposes we build a stupid ass wall mexico isnt the only place that smuggles drugs the UK is currently the leading seller in MDMA (ecstasy, molly, X) just to get that out of the way.
The assertion here is that it is the RESISTANCE to illegal drugs that is the real problem. Sorry, can't accept that contradiction. Shall we legalize meth and heroin? Even make it readily available, so long as we provide housing/counseling along with it? PARTICIPATE in the disseminating of street drugs? That would be asking for drug-addicted, government-dependent populace, for sure.
Yes, that's what the assertion is. It's much better for society if we made addicts into productive workers and reduce their addiction, instead of just wasting money throwing them in prison. It goes to reason that the only way for addicts to accept our help is if we remove the stigma around being an addict.
See alcohol, prohibition, and AA meetings
Lamp-Stand literally just fucking do some research... if you legalized and regulated drugs you would get rid of the criminal issue as well as decrease the overall harm caused by drugs... if you're just gonna plug your ears and go "lalalalala people who use druvs are scumbags" then im done with this and you can go fuck yourself...
In my home state of California, Prop. 36 (Penal Code 1210.1) has made the simple use of drugs a non-jailable offense since about 1999. Even so, Prop. 47 (passed in 2014) makes all simple drug use a misdemeanor, meaning it has little consequences (even supposing it was jailable.) As to selling/manufacturing drugs, even that was rendered "non-prison-eligible" since the passage of AB109 by the California Legislature in 2009. So then, California has done everything short of outright street-drug-legalization, and we are falling apart at the seems socially. Our crime rate is through the roof.
It's like everything i said just went right over your head... allow me to make this as clear as possible... MAKING DRUGS ILLEGAL DOESNT FUCKING WORK AND THROWING PEOPLE IN PRISON FOR PUTTING A SUBSTANCE IN THEIR OWN BODY IS IMMORAL NOT TO MENTION UNCONSTITUTIONAL... you cant really call it the land of the free when someone can drink literal poison but go to jail for smoking weed...
They brought death upon themselves... is sad some people get addicted and dont even know addiction means they cant quit, they think they can quit but they cant... Im sad as Im furious, how is posible there is people producing drugs for big profit without thinking the damage they cause to others?
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.