If hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine were legalized would you be likely to use them?
99% SAY "NO"
Zogby International asked that question of 1,028 likely
voters. Ninety-nine out of 100 said "No." Only 0.6 percent
Drug War advocates have always insisted that addiction
would explode if drugs were legalized. But that argument
comes apart under the weight of the evidence. While a poll
can't predict actual drug use, it clearly shows that most of us
avoid hard drugs because of common sense – not fear of
And that's always been the case. At the beginning of the
last century when a virtual free market for drugs existed, use
rates were lower than they are today.2 Drug use and addiction
– along with crime, violence and corruption – only began to
climb after the advent of drug prohibition in 1914.3
Isn't it time to end the War on Drugs? Let's turn addiction
problems over to the people who dealt with them effectively
before 1914 – doctors, nurses and health care professionals.
1. Zogby America Poll of Likely Voters 10/24/07 thru 10/27/07, "If hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine were legalized, would you be likely to use them?" sponsored by StoptheDrugWar.org, full results and other info online at stopthedrugwar.org. 2. Speaking out against drug legalization, US Drug Enforcement Administration, and Courtwright, David T., "Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), p. 9; 3. Courtwright, "Dark Paradise," 2001.
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