Should Illegal Drug Use be Treated More Like a Health Problem?


Puzzle Summary:

There’s growing support to treat personal illegal drug use more like a health issue than a criminal issue. Health Over Prison Expansion HOPE Drug Harm Reduction would decriminalize personal drug use to a point but would require participation in proven health interventions.

There are approximately 500,000 people in jail for non-violent personal drug possession but many of them are traffickers that could only be put away on drug possession charges.

ONE PARROT says it would cost less and be more effective to send illegal drug users to rehab than jail. THE OTHER PARROT says the judicial system has made it too difficult to get drug traffickers into prison and possession is currently the easier way. Both Parrots make their good points over and over and over again. What did our nonpartisan scoring system say?                       

BOX SCORE for HOPE Drug Harm Reduction?
Weighted-Average Forecast

:75%: ± 2% Nonpartisan Score
Sides of the Table 4/4
Wall of Information 8/8
Cultural Windows 14/16
Columns of Bias 7/8


Top Four Key Reasons in Favor of HOPE Drug Harm Reduction

Measurably better outcomes
Decreases the demand for illegal drugs
Overall, more productive private sector
Humanizes people through socialization

Top Four Key Reasons Against HOPE Drug Harm Reduction

Living near chronic drug users—NIMBY
Lost inmate labor & prison profits
Lost correctional & police jobs
Drugs & heavy equipment don’t mix

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples IN-FAVOR

Activists & National Lenders
Under-represented & Billionaires
Rural FT & Urban Investors
Nonprofit Independents & HMOs

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples AGAINST

Government Unions & Hawk Republicans
Judiciary & Private Equity
Federal Payroll & Moralist Republicans
Business Independents & Utilities

Four A-hah Moments

(Yes) Less chronic user = Less illegal foreign drugs
(Yes) Measurably better outcomes

(No) Susceptible populations may experiment
(No) Might inhibit law enforcement

Politics 4.0 DNA (ACGT) Conclusion

We predict a 75% vast super-majority of roles in this country to support HOPE Drug Harm Reduction, with a fairly very small error margin of  ± 2%.  Thrift (T) types point out that rehabilitation costs less than incarceration. Abundance (A) types see more productive livelihoods and more consumers spending. Commerce (C) types see a more productive private-sector and smaller government. Governance (G) types see less time wasted on non-violent crime and less disrupted families.

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