Addiction as a disease
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won over the likes of many with his views on the War on Drugs, legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, the view of addiction as a disease, and addiction treatment availability.
In this infographic we present to you some of the most striking quotes by Bernie Sanders. Check it out and join us for a discussion in the comments section at the end of the page. We welcome your questions and feedback and try to respond personally and as soon as possible.
His opinion on The War on Drugs
Treating drug use as a crime has clearly done more harm than good for the United States, and Bernie knows this!
Bernie Sanders has labeled the War on Drugs in the US as a failed policy, since in his opinion, it never succeeded to put the drug-use epidemic to an end. He speaks his mind that incarceration punishments are not working and criminal justice system needs to be reformed. Not only has the War on Drugs been ineffective and harmful, as Sanders says, it has destroyed people’s lives by massively incarcerating non-violent offenders. Bernie Sanders says,
“We have far too many people in jail for non-violent crimes, and I think in many ways, the war against drugs has not been successful.”
His opinion on marijuana legalization
Bernie supports the legalization of recreational marijuana. Although at first he didn’t have any personal thoughts regarding marijuana and spoke of it as a gateway drug, later he started supporting legalization saying that if he lived in a state with a legalization ballot he’d vote “for it”.
Bernie, then filed the a bill called the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015” in the Senate, and sought to end the federal criminalization of marijuana.
Access to drug addiction treatment
During a discussion on the heroin epidemic in the United States, Bernie said that addiction is a disease and not a criminal activity. He has also addressed America’s healthcare community to “get its act together” when prescribing opioid medications and addressing addiction and mental health issues.
One thing is for sure, this presidential candidate has made some very progressive statements on drug policy. Bernie views addiction treatment as an absolute necessity for people caught up in addiction to opioids and other substances, and adds:
“Once you’re into heroin, it’s either jail, or death.”
Your views on addiction and politics?
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