By Nicole Flatow
Timed to the release of the White House’s new “21st Century drug policy,” U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske admitted Wednesday that he has misunderstood drug abuse during his 37-plus year law enforcement career. Now, he said according to ABC News, he finally views drug abuse as a public health issue:
I’ve spent my entire career in law enforcement. For most of those 37 years, like most people, I believed that a person addicted to drugs had a moral problem — a failing, a lack of will.
I was wrong. Addiction is not a moral failing.