Donald Trump’s Drug Czar is Very High on Forced Rehab
April 29, 2017
From Vice: The man expected to run the Office of National Drug Control Policy is really into “hospital-slash-prison” drug rehab. The only problem is there’s a lack of evidence it works.
The man Donald Trump is reportedly set to tap as America’s next “drug czar”—officially, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy—shares Attorney General Jeff Session’s passion for renewing the war on drugs. At a hearing on the heroin problem last year, Congressman Tom Marino said he supports mandatory inpatient treatment for “nondealer, nonviolent drug abusers,” and that he likes the idea of placing them in a “hospital-slash-prison” setting.
“…Of the studies that exist on compulsory treatment, the majority (77 percent) found either no clearly proven effect on drug use or crime—or that forced treatment actually made people worse by increasing their likelihood of arrest or relapse (22 percent).”