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Donald Trump quotes on addiction, substance abuse, and The War on Drugs

Donald Trump quotes on addiction, substance abuse, and The War on Drugs

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No stranger to controversy

Donald Trump, a republican party candidate for the 2016 Presidential elections is no stranger to controversy. So, where does he stand on the issues of drug use policies, legalization, the War on Drugs, and provision of addiction treatment?

We can safely put him at the moderate end, although his stand in the past used to be more radical than you can imagine.

In this infographic we present some of Donald Trump’s drug-related quotes that give you a better picture of his views. Do you agree or not? Let us know by posting your comments and questions in the section at the end of the page and we’ll try to respond personally to all legitimate inquiries as soon as possible.

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Opinion on drug legalization

Back in 1990, Trump called the U.S. drug enforcement policy “a joke”, saying:

“We’re losing badly the war on drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”

But, that was back then! What are Trump’s views today? Now that his radical stand for legalization of cocaine, heroin, and meth is in the past, his view even on marijuana seems rather different:

“I say [recreational marijuana legalization] is bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad, and I feel strongly about it.”

….referring to Colorado and Oregon’s experiment with marijuana legalization.

Opinions on alcoholism

Trump openly shared a personal story about his brother’s addiction to alcohol that eventually ended fatally after years of struggle. It certainly made a deep impact on the candidate, and further proves that addiction can occur in anyone, in any family, regardless of upbringing and wealth. Through a retrospect he remembered:

“My brother Fred was a great guy. He had everything. I mean, the most handsome guy, and then he got hooked — and there was nothing, there was nothing we could do about it.”

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Reference Sources:  1. We’re losing badly the war on drugs.
Jacob Sullum, Nov 9, 2015; Reason.com
Available at: http://goo.gl/Fnu2Dv [Accessed march 16, 2016]
2. I think medical should happen, right? Don’t we agree? I think so.
Olivia Becker, Oct 30, 2015; Vice News
Availabla at: https://goo.gl/FcDAcM [Accessed march 16, 2016]
3. I’ve never had a cigarette. I’ve never had a glass of alcohol. I won’t even drink a cup of coffee.
Cal Fussman, Jun 17, 2015; Esquire
Available at: http://goo.gl/bPZJAJ [Accessed march 16, 2016]
4. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.
Jacob Sullum, Nov 9, 2015; Reason.com
Available at: http://goo.gl/Fnu2Dv [Accessed march 16, 2016]
5. I think medical marijuana, 100%.
Phillip Ross, Aug 4, 2015; Policy Mic
Available at: http://goo.gl/LL0yQn [Accessed march 16, 2016]
6. In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state by state.
Olivia Becker, Oct 30, 2015; Vice News
Availabla at: https://goo.gl/FcDAcM [Accessed march 16, 2016]
7. They’ve got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado [where marijuana is legal], some big problems.
Tom Parfitt, Jan 23, 2016; Express
Available at: http://goo.gl/6FZpMY [Accessed march 16, 2016]

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6 Responses to “Donald Trump quotes on addiction, substance abuse, and The War on Drugs
Christine
8:31 pm September 20th, 2016

I do not believe someone with an addiction to crack, cocaine, meth or heroin should go to prison for their addiction. They need medical care and treatment not prison.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:53 pm September 23rd, 2016

Hi Christine. I totally agree with you. Substance abusers should be sent to treatment, not prison. Actually, we published a guest blog on this topic. You may read it here:
http://alcohol.addictionblog.org/rehabilitate-dont-incarcerate/

Chasity
4:10 pm October 28th, 2016

Drugs are very bad!!!!!!!!

sara
4:22 am March 28th, 2017

Hello! I would like to know what is the current position of president Trump on War on Drugs? Is he going to follow past actions and invest in prevention or will he direct his efforts in interdiction in the growing countries?
Thank you very much!

Michael fantasia
4:06 pm April 19th, 2017

I agree with him in his 1990 quote. If they legalize heroin cocaine meth and certain pharmaceutical drugs such as benzodiazepines and put a restriction on them just like alcohol meaning needs to be a certain age 21 and have a prescribing doctor say patient has been chemically dependent upon whatever and you can freely buy them pharmaceuticaly with an amount per dependent. Your crime rate drop would be dramatic our deficit would slowly move to the plus side gangs would disappear as we all know drugs support illegal dealings all these things would make a huge difference in our economy and lives. It’s your god given right to put in your system whatever floats your boat. Bring this into debate as you know it’s gonna take an act of congress for this to happen

9:35 am April 20th, 2017

Hi Michael. We also advocate for the de-criminalization of current illicit drugs. But I’m not sure if most Americans are ready for the social responsibilities and institutional support that this requires. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

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