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A retired 26 year state trooper and undercover narcotics officer talks about the need to end the "War on Drugs"

A retired 26 year state trooper and undercover narcotics officer talks about the need to end the "War on Drugs"

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  • Updated 1/1/2007 LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) is an important new international nonprofit educational organization that was created to give voice to the countless numbers of current and former members of law enforcement who believe drug policies of the United States have failed. Membership in LEAP exists in two catagories: Law Enforcement Personnel -- anyone who is currently or was formerly a member of law enforcement (this includes local, state, and federal police, prosecutors, judges, and corrections, probation, and parole officers); Non law=enforcement members – any others who wish to support LEAP’s efforts by declairing they are in agreement with our goals; The mission of LEAP is to: Educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition. LEAP is an international nonprofit educational entity based in the United States with tax-exempt status under IRS Tax Code 501(c)(3).
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    • 1. www.leap.cc www.leap.cc
    • 2. Before 1914 heroin could be bought from grocery stores 1.3 % of population was addicted to drugs
    • 3. The Many Faces of Jack Cole 1964 1970
    • 4. 1970 Percent of population addicted 1.3 %
    • 5. Deaths as result of drug culture 1970 = Less likely than Falling down stairs Choking on food
    • 6. Drug Problem? 1970 = Soft Drugs Hard Drugs virtually unheard of…
    • 7. DEA Briefing Book 2001 1970 1.5 % $ 6.00 $0.80 38 % $3.90 3.6%
    • 8. US Drug Users According to DEA 1965 = 4 million Two percent of that population 2003 = 112 million 46 percent of that population
    • 9. Money spent fighting the Drug War 1970 = $100 million 2003 = $70 billion
    • 10. Drug seizures for local or state police in 1970 One ounce of Cocaine One quarter ounce of Heroin
    • 11. Drug seizures by 2002 Ten tons of Heroin Twenty tons of Cocaine
    • 12. Wholesale Cocaine Costs 60 % LESS
    • 13. Wholesale Heroin Costs 70 % LESS
    • 14. Heroin Overdose Rate per 100,000 users 1979 = 28 Deaths 2000 = 141 Deaths
    • 15. Marijuana Arrests and Total Drug Arrests in the US Drug Arrests Quadrupled 1.9 million 774,605 88 % ½ Million Marijuana Arrests and Total Drug Arrests in the US Year Total Drug Arrests Total Marijuana Arrests Marijuana Trafficking/Sale Arrests Marijuana Possession Arrests 2005 1,865,712 771,605 87,286 684,319 2000 1,579,566 734,497 88,455 646,042 1999 1,532,200 704,812 84,271 620,541 1998 1,559,100 682,885 84,191 598,694 1997 1,583,600 695,201 88,682 606,519 1996 1,506,200 641,642 94,891 546,751 1995 1,476,100 588,964 85,614 503,350 1990 1,089,500 326,850 66,460 260,390 1980 580,900 401,982 63,318 338,664 1970 415,600 180,000    
    • 16. US Tax Dollars Spent Prosecuting the War on Drugs One Trillion
    • 17. Cumulative U.S. Drug Arrests 1970 to 2005 39 Million Arrests
    • 18. 2002 Percent of population addicted 1.3 %
    • 19. Percent of population addicted --Nothing has changed-- 1.3 % When drugs legal 1.3 % When drugs illegal 1.3 % After 38 year war
    • 20. Clearance Rates for Violent and Property Crimes Unsolved 40% of murders 60% of rapes & arsons 75% of robberies 46% of Assaults 83% of property Crimes
    • 21. 1963 Police Credited With solving 91 % of Murders Today 55 % of Murders
    • 22. 36 Percent Fewer Solved Murders Chasing nonviolent Drug Users
    • 23. Protect us from VIOLENT Predators
    • 24. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? “ THIS SURVEY confirms that our drug-prevention efforts are working and that when we work together and push back, the drug problem gets smaller.” US Drug Czar John Walters Monitoring the Future 2002 An ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults
    • 25. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? Between 1991 and 2002 marijuana use among students in all school grades increased.
    • 26. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? 30 % increase for 12th graders
    • 27. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? 65 % increase for 10th graders
    • 28. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? 88 % increase for 8th graders
    • 29. How Has Prohibition Changed Drug Use in US Schools? School children report it is easier to buy illegal drugs than it is to buy beer or cigarettes
    • 30. International Trade in Illicit Drugs Annually generates: $500 billion
    • 31. This is a mere $255 million $500 billion would cover a room 2,000 times this size
    • 32. Alternative Policy Solution Remove the profit motive continuously enhanced for 30 years by the United States policy of a WAR ON DRUGS
    • 33. End Prohibition 1. Legalize Drugs
    • 34. Won’t legalization cause everyone to use drugs? 10th graders in Holland who have tried marijuana: 28 %
    • 35. Won’t legalization cause everyone to use drugs? 10 th graders in the U.S. who have tried marijuana: 41 %
    • 36. Drug and Violence Indicators - US and the Netherlands - Marijuana Use Lifetime prevalence 37% 17% USA Netherlands Heroin Use Lifetime prevalence 1.4% 0.4% USA Netherlands Homicide rate per 100,000 population 5.6 1.5 USA Netherlands
    • 37. Incarceration Rates in Western European Nations At or below 150 Per 100,000 population
    • 38. Incarceration Rates in the United States By March 2008 1,009 Per 100,000 population
    • 39. Federal Drug Imprisonments +2,558% +294% 3,384 17,302
    • 40. Who Uses and Sells Drugs? Whites constitute 72% of all drug users in the US Blacks constitute 13.5% of all drug users in the US
    • 41. Who Gets Arrested? 37% of those arrested for drug violations are Black
    • 42. Who Goes to Prison? 60% of those in state prisons for drug felonies are Black 81% of federal drug offenders are black
    • 43. Who Goes to Prison? Blacks are now serving an average of six years , while whites are serving only four years .
    • 44. Bureau of Justice Statistics Disenfranchisement 14% of black men lost right to vote Black male born today has a one-in-three chance of serving time in prison Of convicted defendants 33% of whites received a prison sentence Nine in 10 prisoners serving mandatory sentences for drug offenses in New York State prisons are black or Latino Of convicted defendants 51% of Blacks received prison sentences Disenfranchisement In Texas 31% of black men lost right to vote
    • 45. Incarceration Rates in the United States White Males 943 Per 100,000 population
    • 46. Incarceration Rate of Black Males Per 100,000 population South Africa - 1993 Under Apartheid 851 United States - 2008 Under Prohibition 6,667
    • 47. Outcomes of Legalization 1.9 million less people arrested each year 70 Billion Dollars saved each year
    • 48. End Prohibition 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Have the federal government produce those drugs
    • 49. Outcomes of Government Production 1. Quality controlled production for consistency 2. Standardized measurement and potency End of overdoses
    • 50. 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Government production 3. Sell drugs to adults from state package stores and Tax the sales
    • 51. 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Government production 3. Distribute free maintenance doses of drugs to any adult requesting them
    • 52. Results of treating heroin addiction with heroin Switzerland Netherlands Germany Denmark
    • 53. Results of treating heroin addiction with heroin Crime was cut by 60% AIDS and HEPATITIS dropped to the lowest of any countries in Europe 82 % DECLINE IN NEW HEROIN USERS! Not one Overdose Death since 1994
    • 54. 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Government production 3. Distribute free doses 4. Redirect money saved to programs that offer people hope for the future
    • 55. Programs offering hope Guaranteed Minimums Education - Health Care - Housing - Job Training Employment Livable Wages
    • 56. Programs offering hope Rehabilitation Centers
    • 57. Results of offering people hope for the future Less need to use drugs Less drug addicts
    • 58. 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Government production 3. Distribute free doses 4. Create hope for the future 5. Redirect money saved to programs that offer true education about drugs
    • 59. Does Education Work? 1985 United States 42% smoked tobacco 2003 United States Only 21% smoked tobacco
    • 60. 1. Legalize Drugs 2. Government production 3. Distribute free doses 4. Create hope for the future 5. Educate users and public
    • 61. Albert Einstein on Prohibition The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced . It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. Albert Einstein
    • 62. Prohibition - When will we learn? Members of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform pose for a photograph in 1932 (courtesy of the Hagly Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware).  We are having to relearn the same lesson today that they learned 69 years ago.
    • 63. Prohibition - When will we learn? Members of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform pose for a photograph in 1932 (courtesy of the Hagly Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware).  We are having to relearn the same lesson today that they learned 69 years ago. Save our Children Stamp Out Prohibition Members of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform
    • 64. Save our Children Stamp Out Prohibition
    • 65. www.leap.cc www.leap.cc
    • 66. Alcohol Prohibition Didn’t Work Either 15,000 saloons 32,000 Speakeasys
    • 67. Methamphetamine use decreased Since 1999 -45% for 8 th Graders -78% for 10 th Graders -65% for 12 th Graders
    • 68. Inmates there for crimes to get money to buy drugs State Prisons = 17% Jails = 13% Federal Inmates = 18%
    • 69. International Prisoner Comparison per 100,000 Populatio Countries indicated in Green have initiated some type of decriminalization of illicit drugs. What does imprisoning people for Non-Violent drug violations have to do with reducing crime?
    • 70. Prevalence of Use of Any Illicit Drug (2001 – 2007) From DEA Presentation
    • 71. Prevalence of Use of Any Illicit Drug (2001 – 2007)
    • 72. Prevalence of Use of Any Illicit Drug in the Last Month Monitoring the Future 2007 Prevalence of Use of illicit Drugs 8th Grade 10th Grade 12th Grade DEA presentation (2001-2007) -37% -26% -15% LEAP presentation (1991-2007) 30% 46% 34%
    • 73. Increased Prevalence of Monthly Marijuana Use (1990 – 2005) Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health; National Household Survey on Drug Abuse 68% 48% -10% 103% 43% Age 12-17 Age 18-24 Age 25-34 Age 35+ Total

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