Posted by: coastcontact | February 4, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death calls for attention to Heroin Use

Philip Seymour HoffmanHas the War on Drugs been successful?

February 5, 2104 update: AP sources: Hoffman probe tip leads to 4 arrests/ This is society’s answer to drug addiction.

Federal: On Dec. 31, 2012, there were 196,574 sentenced prisoners under federal jurisdiction. Of these, 99,426 were serving time for drug offenses

State: On Dec. 31, 2011, there were 1,341,797 sentenced prisoners under state jurisdiction. Of these, 222,738 were serving time for drug offenses, of whom 55,013 were merely convicted for possession.

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

Number of people arrested in 2012 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.55 million

Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2012: 749,825

  • Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 658,231 (88 percent)

Number of Americans incarcerated in 2011 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,266,800 or 1 in every 99.1 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world

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The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 660,000 people used heroin in 2012.  That is an increase of almost 100% since 2007.  Usage has spread to the suburbs and is no longer an inner city problem.

Americans have not learned from history.  The 18th amndment to the constitution banned manufacture and sale of alcohol in 1920.  It was rescinded by the 21st amendment on December 5, 1933.  During that period gangs prevailed in the big cities.  The name Al Capone is still well-known.

The War on Drugs is a failure!

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