Proof That 50 Years of Drug Policy is Based on Lies
By The Daily Bell Staff - January 28, 2018

More terrifying than monsters, murderers, snakes, and rats: politicians. They create horror stories that go on for decades. And their tales are real.

It is not just the likes of Hitler that destroy generations. Countless much more subtle politicians have exerted influence on hundreds of millions of lives for decades after their stint in government. Yet most people don’t even blink an eye at that kind of power. They shrug it off. And that is truly terrifying.

Case and point is research that laid the foundation for half a century of drug policy.

This video summarizes Psychologist Bruce Alexander’s research. Information the government used concerning drug addiction came mainly from experiments in the 1950s and 1960s. These experiments isolated rats into small cages, placed a syringe into their blood stream, and gave them a dose of heroin every time they pushed a petal.

Nearly every rat become addicted to heroin. Some pushed the petal to get so much heroin that they forgot to eat and died. The U.S. government said, see, this shows that if drugs are available in society, they will be used and abused until society collapses. This supposedly proved the need to harshly regulate drugs.

But Bruce Alexander had a different theory. Since rats are social animals, he wanted to see the results if happy rats had the same access to drugs. So he built “Rat Park” which included rats of both sexes, wheels for running, cans for hiding, walls for climbing, and wood chips for digging.

Other rats were placed in solitary confinement as a control group. Both sets of rats were given the option of morphine-laced water and regular water.

The rats in “Rat Park” tried the morphine. You could say they used it recreationally. But the isolated rats consumed many multiples the amount of morphine that the “Rat Park” residents consumed.

Then, Alexander made certain that every isolated rat was heavily addicted to morphine. He moved them from isolation to “Rat Park.”

Did the rats remain addicted? No! They generally chose to drink the regular water, and even voluntarily went through painful withdrawal symptoms to kick their habits.

Even though the experiments were replicated by Alexander, and then replicated by other scientists at other universities, the findings never caught on.

Maybe the government was never truly interested in the facts. Maybe it was always about control.

Did Prohibition Work?

President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, which consolidated all federal drug laws and scheduled drugs into different levels to more easily sentence violators.

Since 1970, the rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 population rose sharply.

And the trend continued after 2007.

Despite–or because of–the war on drugs, drug overdose deaths increased nearly tenfold in the 40 years following the 1970 Controlled Substance Act.

President Nixon created the DEA in 1973. Years later, Nixon’s Domestic Policy Cheif, John Ehrlichman said:

We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

Government policies create isolation.

Environment, feelings of hopelessness, poor social bonds, and isolation all play important roles in what leads to addiction.

Government policies create these adverse conditions. They divide, corral, push, and coerce people into what politicians imagine is a good society. In the process, time-tested institutions like the family, community, and religion are destroyed.

Bruce Alexander’s book on addiction caused by oppression.

The government’s coercion makes people go crazy. The environment created by the government may not be a literal cage, but it is all too often a mental cage. One way to cope is to respond how the rats in tiny cages responded–take massive amounts of drugs.

But the government ups the anti. They prescribe kids in government schools legal drugs from an early age.

So the government identifies kids and says, you are not normal and you need drugs to act normal. Some kids are told they are dumb because they don’t fit into the public school system. Others feel hopeless in such an unnatural environment. If they don’t fit a clique, they are isolated.

Bruce Alexander went on to study indigenous populations oppressed by invading governments and found a stark difference in rates of addiction and addictive behavior before and after conquests.

Is it any wonder the drug problem has only increased with government coercion?

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  • Don Duncan

    Could it be psychological problems when being coerced starts with the individual? It coercion is accepted as a necessary condition, a price for living in society, then obedience follows, no matter how unhealthy it is, and goes unidentified by the willfully blind victim, because doing so would be to challenge the society and its culture, risking social exhile.

    The victim self-enslaves because of failure to question the necessity for servitude. It is as if the mind was crippled by early programing and a de-programing is difficult. Isn’t this a worldwide phenomena?

    • David H. Smith

      Agreed, Don. The systemic “problem” today is that most “educated” (not necessarily intelligent) people are at root, Collectivists. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I find it almost beyond belief that surveys show most Millennials longing for socialism, Marxism or Communism. Talk about Soul (not to mention physical) Destruction of tens of millions as well-documented histories have shown! A good way to toe-dip in a new conversation is to ask your quarry whether they are a Collectivist or an Individualist – hint, you may have to define these terms for them. Once they “identify” you can decide whether to continue the “dialogue” or just go fishing, instead of becoming a target for the waves of verbal arrows that will inevitably come your way. So much so, that like the Spartans at Thermopylae, you’ll have to “fight in the shade”.

      • jackw97224

        Yes, David. Politics is violence and yet people vote to perpetuate that tyranny. The idea that one can vote to enlist a politician to impose one’s opinion and beliefs on others is evidence of sociopaths. The voter escapes the dangers of his using personal force to impose his beliefs and that is evidence of a coward.

        • David H. Smith

          An interesting line of reasoning at both ends, Jack.

        • Don Duncan

          I would not call them sociopaths, i.e., psychopaths. That applies to those without empathy who feel nothing. It applies to a very small %, maybe 1-5%?
          Not everyone thinks through the consequences of their actions, especially in complex situations. Most do not even know what motivates their political beliefs or the basic premises behind their morality. If their beliefs are challenged they feel as if they are under personal attack and will defend rather than examine or listen to any argument. It is a normal reaction to fear along with flight. In the latter case, flight is mental, e.g., they hear your voice but not your argument. They “misunderstand” or “become stupid” and don’t respond to what you say but instead project ideas into what you said that are totally alien.
          In other areas they may be quite rational or courageous. This is called “compartmentalization”.

          • jackw97224

            OK. so the masses compartmentalize when they vote, i.e. they don’t use reasoning/logic to guide their choices but in many cases allow emotion to be their guides. Maybe that is selective sociopathy or psychopathy. I agree with the 1-5% statistic on the general population being hard core, wired psychopaths, though I have no foundation for that opinion. And yes, flight out of fear is normal, especially when one has held myths for a long time and then is confronted with information that contradicts those errors. Indeed, just as you said, people do assert allegations as defense mechanisms.

          • “people do assert allegations as defense mechanisms.”
            especially polticos , in spades

      • excellent points

      • SnakePlissken

        Calling them collectivists is giving them too much credit. They just want free stuff and someone else to pay for it.

    • jackw97224

      Yes, I believe there is a sociopathic element in Amerika voters. Voting is an act of violence as the voter seeks to empower a thug/politicians to impose the voter’s opinion or beliefs and that of course is evidence of immorality.

  • I have written and explained at great length about the many illusions that have been created to control us all by our various government entities and politicos. Nearly all of these events are created crisis and events, but realize some are simply ignorance at its worse, being forced on you via some bogus law or other created myth !

    The current paradigm of a drug war has been with us for decades now, not months or a year or two. If we were truly serious we would not only enforce laws that are already on the books, but we would call it all what it is and the underlying issues of addiction or better said, mental/emotional dysfunction and weakness.

    Realize we have actually helped and enabled more drug use and mental weakness because for decades now we have insisted people are not responsible for their drug use because it is a disease ? Further we have paid people to continue their insanity by allowing them to go on SSI if they are drug addicts or alcoholics ! There by creating an ever greater market for idiots and weak minded to continue using ever more drugs ! So if the user is not responsible for sticking a needle in their arm or whatever means to get high, who exactly is responsible ? This is the fallacy and great deception of the drug wars, it is all intentional and very profitable, so it all continues for all the wrong reasons !

    In the final analysis are we not all responsible for our own actions. Are we not all on our own merits or demerits as the case may be, regarding our own health and well being ? Or is it all just excuses and illusions created to control many people and keep them in a state of total ignorance of themselves in extreme denial ?

    There is and has been an entire industry created to keep these illusions alive. It is called rehab and by and large none of it works, maybe 5% at best ? So again another illusion created and spun off of the original illusion and on and on it all goes in many matters here in USA today. Most Americans have lost any ability to think for themselves as well as all their common sense a long time ago, and that too is a big part of all the problems we see today. And all because we let the so-called smart guys lead us around by the nose like a herd of literal sheep. The so-called professionals and politicos who rule us for their own benefit and make many serious bad decisions as well as commit many crimes !–.html

    There is much more on many topics and realities we are faced with today, as well as how we got here and what we can all do about all of it today !

    • jackw97224

      People vote and thereby sanction their own captivity on the plantation state operated by masters/politicians and overseers/enforcers/judges. Politics is violence. Why do people keep enabling their oppressors, their tyrants? It seems there is a kind of national mental illness going on here.

      • Many valid points but realize humans cannot control themselves and need to be controlled for various reasons ? That too is a reality that has simply gone too far !

    • Ephraiyim
  • Boysie

    Why do Americas always and without fail – goto the Low Hanging Fruit “Hr Hitler” – whenic president of America is NOT worse that Hr Hitler ?

    What about the (4 million Muslims that Have been Killed by America & Friends” since 1991 – you did not know that – Wwell you know now – Go Chect it Out,,,,,

    • jackw97224

      Godwin’s Law: Discussions or arguments eventually lead one party to initiate the Nazi comparison. As far a the evils of political governments of any make, model or flavor, Islam has a very wicked track record, too.

    • SnakePlissken

      Durka durka durka..

  • jackw97224

    Rats were force fed drugs and then the government researchers concluded they became addicted. But the rats had no choice; hence the experiment was flawed at best and intentionally rigged at worst. This article exposes the hosts of KMJ Radio Fresno, Ca. for perpetuating the fraud of maintaining government control and prohibition of drugs. KMJ hosts just don’t seem to have learned the total error of the
    Prohibition Era of the 1920s and early 1930s and they seem to have not recognized the horrible destruction of life and property since the advent of the “Drug Wars” in the 1970s. When Will They Ever Learn? Where have all the flower gone, long time passing? (you know the song) One should remember that drugs were freely used in the 17th-19th Centuries and yet the world did not vanish but actually thrived because most people freely chose to avoid the drugs.

  • Alan777

    Our government always takes the low road and decides that people are too stupid to make their own choices. Even well intentioned government bureaucrats treat people like children and may just be complicit as the true aim of government is control and power.

    • James Higginbotham

      that’s all it’s about is CONTROL.
      and in the near future i feel it’s going to blow up in their faces, people have had ENOUGH OF GOVT CORRUPTION AND DECEIT AND LIES.

      • SnakePlissken

        It’s going to get much worse before it gets better. Unfortunately, most Americans are too focussed on their iPhones and football to notice.

  • SnakePlissken

    Opium was criminalized to put Chinese in jail. Marijuana was criminalized to put Mexicans in jail. Crack has much steeper sentences to put Blacks in jail.

  • SnakePlissken

    Does anyone else think that it is an extraordinary coincidence that we have a huge opioid epidemic in the US just a few years after invading the country that produces 90% of the world’s opium? If there is a connection, how do all those poor farmers get their goods to the US? Hmmm..

    • Ephraiyim

      American soldiers guarding poppy fields. Don’t need much more evidence.

  • SnakePlissken

    The drug war will never end. Too many people are making too much money off it. Politicians, banks, cops, prison guards, lawyers, judges, social workers, the military industrial complex, private prisons and rehab clinics.. everyone gets a cut.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      and U S PRESIDENTS.

      • Ephraiyim

        Ah yes…the two George’s!
        Esp GHW.

  • Praetor

    Drugs! Of course addicts should be treated, not arrested. Addiction has been discussed studied analyzed talked about forever. Addicts even create addicts before their born. So, we give addicts their drug for free, with the intent to getting them off the drug, who pays for this. How do we help an addict? This is the only solution, but we cannot have government fund or be involved. Who funds the no war on drugs?!!!

    • NobodysaysBOO

      let them have all they want. they can go to Afghanistan and have all they want THERE , some DIE some don’t that LIFE!!!
      do it here no more NANNY LAWS let the people decide for themselves thase that chose DEATH or just existence, hurting nobody like Mark Twain should be LEFT ALONE to do as they please.

  • Bruce C.

    The “war on drugs” is much like the healthcare system (at least in the US.) In “healthcare” it is a war on “disease,” but with the added twists that continuous research trumps treatments and treatments trump a cure.

    What’s also frustrating is that the people who want to enter the medical field are screened for lack of creativity and questioning of authority. Therefore they are some of the worst mentalities for what most people would consider “health care.”

    In my experience doctors are some of the dumbest people I normally deal with. In every health care situation I have ever had personally it was I (and others in my family) who figured things out. The medical system may be good for emergencies and dealing with acute injuries but they absolutely suck at dealing with anything less chronic or complex.

    But I digress…

  • jymm

    You mean “one puff on one marijuana cigarette and you will be addicted for life” was a lie?