by Women Writers of Alaska

Unless we are willing

Unless we are willing to see our society metamorphose into a brutal police state, no coercive policy will come close to even limiting drug use, let alone eliminating it.

Once we understand that the current assault on addicts creates greater insecurity for everyone and severe hardship for users, and once we understand that stressing people chronically and mercilessly can in no way promote their capacity for healthy transformation, it becomes a straightforward matter to envision approaches that rely not on moralizing but on science and humane values.  The idea of a correctional center is right, but there are no means or programs for correcting.

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