Robert Foster on Drugs
We can't punish someone out of addiction
Across our state, children are born into opioid addiction, families are torn apart, and thousands of lives are destroyed each year. Now, more than ever, we need to attack the root cause of the problem and re-habilitate those addicted.
We can't punish
someone out of addiction. We must lead the effort of penalizing drug traffickers and placing non-violent addicts on the road to wellness. These non-violent offenders need a path back into society where they can once again be economically self-sufficient
citizens by investing in mental health programs rather than more jail cells.
We must look at all scientifically proven and medically beneficial options for pain management. Opioids are not always the best solution,
and we must bring law enforcement, the medical community, and all other stakeholders to the table to have a serious conversation about this issue and how we can implement common-sense policies to allow for safer alternatives.
Source: 2019 Mississippi governor campaign website Foster4MS.com
, Dec 31, 2018
Full-on prohibition of drugs does not work
Foster's views do not always align with the hard right. In 2016, he wrote that, while he doesn't support "the legalization of drugs," he believes "full-on prohibition" does not work, suggesting the war on drugs was a failure. "We know that
throwing addicts in jail for using drugs does not stop them from using drugs," he wrote. "Most addicts start to use drugs just as soon as they get back out, some use drugs even while they are still in jail."
Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi governor race
, Dec 10, 2018
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