Time to end failed war on drugs

August 03, 2011

Speaking as a retired police detective and member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), I heartily concur with the NAACP that it is past time to terminate our failed war on drugs also known as the war on people — mostly of color ("The NAACP is calling for an end to the drug war; what about you?" July 31). My profession, which is shrinking all over America, must return to its true mission of public safety.

If you have a drug problem, see an addiction clinic.

Howard Wooldridge,Washington, D.C.

The writer is a drug policy specialist with Citizens Opposing Prohibition.

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