Last week, I was shocked to learn of a massive college drug bust in my home state of Alabama. Arresting and expelling students is no way to reduce substance abuse on campus. In fact, it is counterproductive.
Phoenix House and the Fix hosted a lively Twitter debate on drug policy. Nonprofit leaders, treatment providers, writers, and even the ONDCP weighed in on questions like mandated treatment, harm reduction, regulating, and legalizing drugs.
For most people who find themselves facing an addiction-related charge, treatment is the option that helps them change—a truth that Vermont has recognized for decades. When motivating folks to seek treatment, “sticks and carrots” are key.
On Wednesday, February 6, please join Phoenix House and the Fix for a lively Twitter chat on policy topics ranging from decriminalization vs. legalization, to treatment vs. incarceration, to harm reduction.
Eugene Jarecki’s powerful new documentary The House I Live In shows how the War on Drugs has led to a policy of mass incarceration.