The War on drugs has created some unfortunate collateral damage.
Less than half of American cancer patients receive adequate painkillers, according to the American Pain Foundation. One reason is that doctors are terrified of being accused of drug-trafficking if they over-prescribe.
Matt Yglesias recommends this book…
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment
The author argues…
“The first step in getting away from brute force is to want to get away from brute force: to care more about reducing crime than about punishing criminals, and to be willing to choose safety over vengeance when the two are in tension.”
When grappling with crime control, he advocates additional considerations be factored into a real solution -concentration of resources and direct communication of deterrent threats to likely offenders.
Whenever a system becomes transaction based rather than relationship based, a door swings wide open and de-humanization along with a vicious even-handedness walk right in. We want Real Care Now.