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An alternative to the war on drugs

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3360 (Published 13 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3360

Rx for the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs has failed because physicians have failed to cure addiction,
and because governments have failed to cure corruption. Clearly, addiction
and
corruption are deeply rooted in human nature, and resistant to all
intervention.
How can we cure addiction and corruption? We must understand that
addiction
and corruption are related, because both involve people wanting to get
something for free: addicts want the free high of addiction, and corrupt
public
officials want free money. Sadly, human nature is flawed by a greedy,
childish,
insatiable craving for fun and freebies. As Cassius said in Shakespeare's
Julius
Caesar, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we
are
underlings."

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 July 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA