And the award for political broken record of the week goes to…this article!
One tidbit of info that might be somewhat surprising from the piece:
Prices fell despite a general increase in seizures and a fall in production of some illegal substances, the study added.
Basic economics would say it is not normal for supply to fall along with the price but this is probably an indication of illegal drugs getting increased competition from prescription drugs. Other factors probably play a role as well but one would have to assume prescription drugs are a major part of the reason for the abnormality.
But certainly the most important aspect to listen to comes from one of the researchers that produced the report:
“We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts, and consider drug use a public health rather than a criminal justice issue,” added Wood. (Emphasis added)
Hopefully, it is only a matter of time until this mentality takes over and a rational addressing of drugs (both legal and illegal) occurs in the United States.