In Dallas we have a problem with “cheese“, a mixture of heroin and Tylenol PM that is being sold to teenagers and children. Young adults are becoming addicts and some have lost their lives to cheese. Never one to miss an opportunity that involves drugs and children, the Drug Czar John Walters is visiting Dallas today. No word on if Mr. Walters will mix in some illegal campaigning while in Big D.
I heard Mr. Walters briefly on the radio today. He advocated tougher enforcement, more agents, and more money for education.
Let me offer a different proposal. Heroin is addictive and dangerous. Since heroin is addictive and dangerous we should not allow criminals to supply it. If we had a legitimate supply of opiates for addicts we could remove organized crime from the supply chain.
Education is great if it is honest. Education may have backfired on the anti drug movement. When you tell young adults that marijuana is dangerous they listen. Then they see first hand that the government has lied to them. It is reasonable when young adults then believe the government lies about all drugs.
The DEA has 11,000 agents. The federal budget for enforcement and education is over $12,000,000,000. Why haven’t they caught these cheese dealers already? In trying to arrest all drug users and dealers we have created a situation where we can not arrest the dealers who prey on children.
No one supports children using heroin. The best way to prevent future cheese epidemics is to take the market back from criminals. If Prohibition did not prevent the cheese problem why should we believe that more Prohibition will solve it?