Quotes about drug dependency and the War on Drugs

September 11, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments

“The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”

William F. Buckley Jr.

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use…”

Jimmy Carter

“The war on drugs is wrong, both tactically and morally. It assumes that people are too stupid, too reckless, and too irresponsible to decide whether and under what conditions to consume drugs. The war on drugs is bankrupt.”-

― Larry Elder

“If you want to fight a war on drugs, sit down at your own kitchen table and talk to your own children.”

― Barry McCaffrey

“I believe that the war on drugs is a tragically misplaced use of resources - an immoral venture that produces far more suffering than it alleviates.”

― David Harsanyi

“British politicians need to open their eyes to what is happening in the rest of the world. Cannabis prohibition is being swept away on a tide of popular opinion and replaced with responsible legal regulation. Now is the time for ministers to start writing rules for this new legal market...so that we can finally take back control from the criminal gangs.”

― Nick Clegg

“Knowing what I know now, I would resist the temptation to resort to the law to tackle the harm from cannabis. We must overcome the prejudice and the negative language surrounding cannabis to create a new drugs strategy that actually works for the UK.”

― Jacqui Smith

“The war on drugs has been an abject failure, and the continued criminalisation of cannabis users is deeply counterproductive.”

― Caroline Lucas, the Green Party

“The UK’s 45 years of harsh prohibition has multiplied use and harm.”

― Paul Flynn, Labour

“Drug consumption rooms have the potential to offer information about harm reduction and treatment, to decrease the risk of overdose and other drug-related morbidity, and reduce the negative impact on our neighbourhood amenity.”

― Dr Matthew Frei and Dr Alex Wodak

“While we certainly need to police manufacturing and trafficking, focusing on people who use illicit drugs doesn’t reduce the use of drugs in the community or the harms. But if we focus on harms, we start to implement effective strategies, including prevention, harm reduction and treatment.”

― Professor Nicole Lee, National Drug Research Institute

“We hear a lot about the introduction in 2001 in Portugal of what’s called the decriminalisation of drugs. If you are caught by police with illicit drugs below a quantity threshold, then you are referred to a government agency where you get assessed. If your life is pretty functional, then they don’t do anything, but if your life is a mess, then they will refer you for help.”

― Matt Noffs

“The pejorative term ‘abuse’ used in connection with diseases of addiction has the adverse effect of increasing social stigma and personal shame, both of which are so often barriers to an individual’s decision to seek treatment.”

― Joe Biden

“Traffickers are going to make a lot less money, and some of the perverse things about the illegal drug trade will be avoided.”

― Bill Gates

“For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.”

― Jello Biafra

“Prohibition didn’t work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the Apple.”

― Vicente Fox

“You look at any culture, and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think.”

― Rhys Ifans

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

― J.K Rowling

“You don’t have to be ready to recover, you need only to be willing.”

― Anonymous (from here: https://www.healthyplace.com/insight/quotes/quotes-on-addiction-addiction-recovery/).

“Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”

― Robert Downey Jr.

“Recovery: it will be challenging. It will also be worth it. You will relapse, and that’s OK, as long as you keep fighting.”

― Anonymous (from here: https://www.healthyplace.com/insight/quotes/quotes-on-addiction-addiction-recovery/)

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