Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars
NAMI: Crisis Intervention Toolkit
The United States spends $51,000,000,000 per year on the Drug War, a war that has resulted in an overcrowded prison system with over 30% of inmates having a drug charge as their most serious offense. 1 in every 110 adults is the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie
President Richard Nixon's 1971 declaration of the 'War on Drugs' was largely a result the rebellious 1960s Cultural Revolution in the United States fueled by the Vietnam War. The beginning of the 'War on Drugs' was accelerated by the suicide of media personality Art Linkletter's daughter, a national event falsely blamed on psychedelic drug use.
Federal Government "Rethinking" Drugs and Addiction:
When science began to study addictive behavior in the 1930s, people addicted to drugs were thought to be morally flawed and lacking in willpower. Those views shaped society's responses to drug abuse, treating it as a moral failing rather than a health problem, which led to an emphasis on punitive rather than preventative and therapeutic responses.
Even now, discussion of substance use disorders is too often relegated to the shadows, steeped in stigma and misunderstanding.
Obama Administration’s plan to reduce drug use and its consequences—the National Drug Control Strategy—represents a 21st century approach to drug policy. This science-based plan, guided by the latest research on substance use, contains more than 100 specific reforms to support our work to protect public health and safety in America.
Watch an interview with the man who filmed the shooting:
"Scott was trying to get away from the taser."
People Sentenced For Drug Offenses In The US Correctional System
NY Times: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War
A Brief History in the War on Drugs
PBS Frontline: 30 Years of America's Drug War