What gives me hope is the fact that Seattle has been at the cutting edge of harm reduction and other drug policy reform developments in the U.S. over the last decade.
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Are those of us who seek changes in the American approach to drugs whistling in the dark, or is now the time to strike?
Current Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will no doubt do a better job as the nation's "drug czar" than his predecessor, John Walters, who was a fanatic enemy of science and reason.
Vice President Joe Biden officially nominated Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as chief of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Wednesday.
The idea of treating substance abusers as disease sufferers is tremendously appealing. But, like other disagreements steeped in divergent bedrock values, there's no getting around this one.
A significant reallocation of scarce resources from criminal justice to public health solutions is long overdue, but drug policy is multi-disciplinary and international in scope.
How many adult substance abusers abstain? By now, we are inured to the frequent visits to rehab by problem drinking and drug abusing entertainment figures.
Is someone who opposes what the science says is the best treatment for heroin addiction really someone we want in charge of the agency which is supposed to help disseminate evidence-based care?
Ramstad's support for Teen Challenge shows a disregard for evidence-based treatment and either a willingness to abandon his beliefs about treating addiction or a failure to investigate what kinds of programs he funds.
Obama shouldn't make the mistake that Bill Clinton did and install a drug czar who will ignore science and push dogma.
Deep down, even the Drug Czar knows that the use of cannabis does not pose anywhere near the health and safety threat as does the use of other intoxicants, including alcohol.
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