After an overdose at one of the fraternity houses on the campus of San Diego State University last year, Operation Sudden Fall was launched. The operation was under the direction of the DEA in association with local police and lead to 96 people getting arrested in San Diego, 75 of which were students. They apparently found a couple of kilo's of cocaine, some ecstasy, marijuana, mushrooms, meth, prescription drugs, and three guns.
My heart goes out to these students, being that I have witnessed a raid first hand. Police tend to treat you like you have raped or murdered someone. It's extremely easy to get a boot in your stomach or upside you head, maybe you will be just lucky enough to only have your cuffs tightened enough to bruise the flesh. After all, this is a war on drugs... and there are casualties of war.
Among the arrested was a kid who was about to graduate with a criminal science degree and another who was about to get his master's in Homeland Security! What if they had not been caught and landed a job working for the government? Better question: how many like him are working for the government now? I am sure it is more than we can imagine!
Now that they have gotten the so-called bad guys, do they actually think this will stop the use of drugs? Or will it instead just make the users find a new source? Through the history of the War on Drugs, there have been millions arrested and this still has not stopped the demand for drugs. At some point they have to realize that incarceration will not win this war, the education and rehabilation of those involved will. Education through the hands-on involvement of the true addicts, which would show kids the outcome of drug use. It helped my kids, for I took them on a field trip to the slums to see how awful drug users really look and live. As of this day, none of them get high. The answer is rehabilitation, not incarceration. Putting a violator into some type of school to teach them a trade would better him or herself as well as society. After all, the dealers are looking for ways to make money and it costs less to send a violator to a vocational/technical school as opposed to prison - it costs $34,000 per year to house a prisoner.
Any drug that has been forced to the black market tends to be more in demand than legal drugs. Let's look at the big picture, "Prohibition" is what got the prices of drugs so high and created the black market. Statistics show there have been more deaths through legal drugs than illegal. Through drunk driving and liver and lung cancer, alcohol and tobacco have been two of the leading causes of death throughout the U.S. and abroad. Yet the government continues to allow the advertisement and sales of these products! I just lost my stepfather two months ago to cigarettes. The doctor told him five years prior that if he didn't stop smoking, he would die. He continued to smoke until his death which proves he had to be addicted. Why are there no consequences for the tobacco companies? Some might argue that tobacco is not nearly as intoxicating as other substances and should be classified separately. However, there are many legal prescription drugs that will give you the same effect as illegal drugs. This begs the question: is this really a war on drugs, or just a war on the drugs that don't bring in tax revenues?
I wonder; if the Feds had been this active in the 60's, would we have the same society we do now? If every hippy that smoked a joint or did a hit of acid got locked up, where would we be? Some of our most creative minds came from that era. Maybe if we talk about it enough, people in influential positions will start to consider the real cost of this "War on Drugs." The cost to not only our families and fellow citizens, but to our morality itself! When will we change the way we think and start to treat drug use as a sickness and not a crime?
Check out this new video by Kevin Booth about Operation Sudden Fall: