Despite the flurry of government activity, and the expenditure of billions of taxpayer dollars, to reduce the use of illegal drugs, their use in the United States has not been significantly reduced. I am convinced that our approach focuses far too much on trying to stem the supply of illegal drugs and far too little on treatment and rehabilitation.
I am also concerned about how our government has conducted its international War on Drugs. One particular concern I have is our government's efforts in Colombia and other nations to use military aid to try to shut down the supply of drugs. Many times this military aid ends up being misused by corrupt individuals and groups to terrorize those participating in trade unions, farm collectives and political opposition, rather than to fight drug traffickers.