White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On


The Obama administration’s drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won’t keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America’s long war on drugs widely unpopular.
Michael Botticelli, head of the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a post on the White House website that the government’s new drug control strategy “rejects the notion that we can arrest and incarcerate our way out of the nation’s drug problem.
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