The widespread use of the term “war on drugs’, usually followed by the claim that said war has failed, is in the main a piece of partisan propaganda. Usually used by (so called) Libertarians & other drug use advocates, its not really true, for there is no war on drugs in the West, there never has been, and it is unlikely there ever will be. Our liberal social propensities preclude the kind of legal or political measures that would reduce drug use by means of a war on it.
The basis of the claim is that law enforcement cannot be used to stop people taking drugs. This is patently untrue. To the extent that laws can prevent crime, drug laws work perfectly well to reduce drug use in societies that are serious about doing so. Singapore has far less drug use than any Western nation. So does Saudi Arabia.
The Philippines are conducting a real war against drug users and pushers. While dull communist infiltrated western govts declare faux climate change emergencies, the Philippines declared an illegal drug emergency.
Based on data from the PNP and PDEA from June 2016 to July 2019, 134,583 anti-drug operations were conducted, 193,086 people were arrested, and 5,526 suspects died during police operations. ₱34.75 billion worth of drugs were seized. 421,275 people surrendered under the PNP’s Recovery and Wellness Program.
The liberals are claiming a lack of success in this operation. Although its doubtful this is true, the fact is that the Philippines operation at least fits to a reasonable extent the phrase “war on drugs”. The West has done nothing remotely similar.
In the exceedingly remote chance that the NZ govt declared a drug abuse emergency, and conducted similar operations as in the Philippines, it is beyond doubt that with a far smaller population it would be a real war and it would be successful.
Singapore is interesting because it demonstrates that drugs can be controlled without measures such as used in the Philippines. Sure, its far different logistically, but that is not the full story. Thanks to Lee Kuan Yew, who had almost a unique understanding of communist subversion strategies, almost every demoralising disunifying influence that has invaded and weakened most Western countries has been absent from Singapore.
Anyway, all that said, here is the real rub. To an extent, (in the West anyway), its true that laws are probably not the best way to fight drug use. The habit is a social sickness that is spurred by other social influences and if those social influences are defeated, drug use will by default become far less of a problem. As it once was.
That is why many don’t feel inclined to prosecute drug use with laws, and don’t enter into the argument. With propaganda so abundant in the West today its an unwinnable argument anyway. The real solution is a change in society, away from hedonistic navel gazing selfishness and narcissism and towards a mutual and simple understanding that we must behave at large as civilized human beings.
Not because of laws but because we recognise the simple human need to do so.
The roots of this change lie far away from narcotics and their perceived self-focused pleasures, but within the home and a return to the solid foundations of the patriarchal family. The good family makes the good home that makes the good street that makes the good town that makes the good country. Quote John Adams-
“We have no Government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”