We created it. The “War on Drugs” is a creation of the USA, our hardline stance against any kinds of narcotics creates the violent black market which is tearing apart Juarez, Mexico, as well as Columbia and many other South American countries.
We made this man through our drug policies. Mexico’s most wanted man is a billionaire due to our policies.
Drugs are a social problem, not a legal one. If we treated drugs as a health issue and simply controlled their distribution, the country would have millions more in tax money to work with as well as much lower incidence of violence. Very few people get killed over cigarettes or alcohol any more. There is absolutely no reason the same thing can’t be true for “harder” drugs.
We kill our livers with painkillers like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin, and we keep effective opiates out of use because of how supposedly bad they are. People abuse opiates the same way they abuse alcohol… some do it too much, but for most, it’s simply a nice escape, and a simple painkiller. Hospitals don’t have to detox everyone that they put on morphine. There’s a reason for that.
America needs to rethink our drug policy. We’re perpetuating violence, and the War on Drugs has directly and indirectly killed more innocents than terrorists have.