Friday, January 15, 2010

China abuses its drug addicts -- if it is not executing them.

This story from The New York Times is so sad because good treatment is possible.

Unfortunately this abuse in China is simply an extension of the "drug users are bad people" ideology, or as we teach in many American schools, "users are losers."

Notice how the Chinese practice seems to contradict the rhetoric about a "people-centered" approach to addiction and "community-based rehabilitation." Unfortunately such rhetoric is used in the U.S. as well, to disguise our abusive policies.

Why do we arrest people for possession of drugs?

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