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The lead in to this show discusses how making the precursor chemicals to the manufacture of methamphetamine more difficult to obtain has led to a dramatic decline in meth-related crime.
Oregon took a non-law enforcement approach to dealing with the meth epidemic and it was effective!
Treating addiction as a criminal justice problem is not the solution. I'm disheartened to hear you refer to pot and alcohol as "gateway drugs." The best way to prevent addiction-driven crimes is by treating addiction as a public health problem rather than a criminal justice issue.
Take a look at how effectively Portugal's decriminalization of drugs has reduced crime in that country.
There is broad concensus that the "War on Drugs" has failed. Why in the world would Oregon law enforcement declare war on pot and alcohol, now?
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