It’s About Equality

They wanted the problem off the street and out of their neighborhoods, post-haste. "If they're locked up, they can't buy or sell drugs," proclaimed an angry parent

This is about an ongoing effort to correct clear disparities in punishment that came about through laws passed during the cocaine / crack epidemic. The proposed act, named EQUAL (for Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law), is described here:
EQUAL Act would finally close the cocaine sentencing disparity
I'm seldom surprised at discovering that a drug law doesn't make a lot of sense. Such laws are passed in the rush to respond to an outbreak, usually one that caught us unprepared. Since 'unprepared' seems to be our customary state when it comes to such things, a number of laws still on the books have become either badly outdated (designed for an emergency long past), or never proved useful in the first place. Some have actually created new challenges for us that surpass the initial ones.

Nonetheless, this must be the way America wants it. We've passed up enough opportunities for change.

I was active in the world of treatment during the cocaine and crack...

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It’s About Equality

They wanted the problem off the street and out of their neighborhoods, post-haste. "If they're locked up, they can't buy or sell drugs," proclaimed an angry parent

It’s About Equality

They wanted the problem off the street and out of their neighborhoods, post-haste. "If they're locked up, they can't buy or sell drugs," proclaimed an angry parent

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They wanted the problem off the street and out of their neighborhoods, post-haste. "If they're locked up, they can't buy or sell drugs," proclaimed an angry parent

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They wanted the problem off the street and out of their neighborhoods, post-haste. "If they're locked up, they can't buy or sell drugs," proclaimed an angry parent

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Logically, the disease model of addiction shouldn’t threaten anyone’s belief in their own ability to recover, any more than a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension suggests you can’t successfully recover from those illnesses.

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