In this January 22, 1999, letter in the New York Times I lamented some consequences of the so-called “war on drugs. ” My letter is below the fold.
To the Editor:
The heartless and dangerous interference of United States narcotics laws with Daniel Felber’s ability to get the drugs he needs to relieve his pain (Op-Ed, Jan. 16) is only one reason for ending the war on drugs.
Other reasons include stopping the violence that inevitably accompanies prohibition, stripping law enforcement agencies of an excuse for violating people’s civil rights, and keeping the Government’s nose out of places where it doesn’t belong.
DONALD J. BOUDREAUX
Jan. 16, 1999