I hate drugs. I mean, I love them too, but mostly I hate them; and I certainly hate the pain and suffering and heartbreak that they cause for so many. If you can name a drug…I’ve probably tried it, and although I was always mostly a boozer, and by the end that’s all I was, I’ve had lots of friends lose their personal battles to drugs, and a few of them are in jail, and a few of them are gone; and but for the grace of God I could be with them.
I was no better or worse than those that lost their battles, and they were all human in the same ways that all of us are. They had their strengths, their kindnesses, their petty weaknesses and character flaws…but not one of them was a truly bad person, and not one of them deserves what they got.
Give People a Chance to Do Right
I am currently a fairly well regarded and upstanding citizen; a family man, a member of my Rotary Club and someone who tries to do a little more good than bad each day. Not perfect, but basically good. Yet I’ve done bad things, and I am certainly guilty of the same crimes that leave some of my friends imprisoned, and the same crimes that leave some of my friends dead. I don’t know why I made it and they didn’t, and although I credit my family for getting me the help I needed, I can’t help but feel that the difference between me and them was basically a flip of the coin of fate, and that our situations could easily be reversed.
For this reason, the massive war on drugs gives me chills. I hate drugs, but I hate to see the people already suffering from drugs punished more than they need be. People seem to have no sympathy for the unfortunates addicted to drugs…until those unfortunates become their sons, or sisters or their wives; and then things change, and then they understand. And while I would never wish the pain of addiction on any family,
I would wish the clarity of understanding on everyone in this country so our misguided war on drugs could be transformed into something positive and good. If only the billions spent on incarceration became billions spent on educations and treatment…how much better would our country be?