Pubdate: Sun, 07 Dec 2003
Source: Joplin Globe, The (MO)
Copyright: 2003 The Joplin Globe
Author: Charlene Keener


In my opinion the war on drugs was really created to pass a series of laws 
that affect all citizens today. These laws were the beginning of the 
government's control and the loss of privacy for all of us. The big 
corporate drug companies wanted to protect their monopoly on the drugs. 
They, in turn, with their huge profits, buy the president, senators and 
representatives with their campaign contributions. This is the long and 
short of it, and they are not concerned about the health and well-being of 
the general population, only the profit.

Pharmacy employees have observed that in many cases the first prescription 
is followed by a second for the side effects of the first, then a third for 
the side effects of the second, and on and on. Big corporate drug companies 
know a cure is not profitable but treating the symptoms and side effects is 
very profitable.

To cover this greed the government created a cover-up, putting young people 
in jail for life for doing no more than smoking a weed that grows 
naturally. Once again big corporate business wins as these young lifers are 
put to work for slave wages in Unicor. Unicor is factories within the 
prison system that big corporations own and that are directly competing in 
the marketplace with your company paying your wages and your health-care 
insurance. The taxpayer is paying the prison costs and Unicor is reaping 
the benefits.

This is a government that puts the greed of so few above the health and 
well being of so many. The war on drugs was the inch we gave the 
government. They took a mile and now we have the war on terrorism, the 
Homeland Security Act and the Patriot Act. Check what rights we as citizens 
lost this time. It will make you sick, but never fear, they'll find a pill 
for that too.

Charlene Keener

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