Did Michael Brown Die Because of the War on Drugs?

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Drug Rehab Treatment could be the remedy for the “War on Drugs.”

Cops at Ferguson, Missouri

Police at Ferguson, Missouri

The war on drugs shouldn't be on the streets, but handled with professional addiction treatment.

Retreat at Lancaster County- Just what effect is the war on drugs having on police departments across the country? People across America have been enraged by the news that of a young unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot recently by police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. But how is this story related to drugs? There may be more of a connection here than it seems. According to John McWhorter, Michael Brown’s death may be at least partially attributable to the United States’ continued war on drugs.

John McWhorter sees only one direction to go that could help solve crises like the one is happening in Ferguson, Missouri: “what will really make a difference? Really, only a continued pullback on the War on Drugs. Much of what creates the poisonous, vicious-cycle relationship between young black men and the police is that the War on Drugs brings cops into black neighborhoods to patrol for drug possession and sale.” And, there is no secret that the war on drugs leads to a disproportionate rate of black men being incarcerated. In fact, journalist Michelle Alexander has gone so far as to call America’s war on drugs “the new Jim Crow.”

So how can drug addiction and drug abuse be fought without a war on drugs? Well, there’s mounting evidence that the war on drugs actually doesn’t work very well. Incarceration rates have skyrocketed, while the rates of drug dependency and chemical addiction have also gone up. High-profile figures such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called the war on drugs a “mistake.” Instead, he and law enforcement and medical experts recommend drug addiction rehab as the best way to combat addiction. With more widespread drug treatment, maybe the next Michael Brown could be avoided.

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