Commentary: Here’s a dose of realism in today’s war on drugs
Published 10/30/2009, West Central Tribune
WASHINGTON — During his immersion in his new job, Gil Kerlikowske attended a focus group of 7-year-old girls and was mystified by their talk about “farm parties.” Then he realized they meant “pharm parties” — sampling pharmaceuticals from their parents’ medicine cabinets. What he learned — besides that young humans have less native sense than young dachshunds have — is that his job has wrinkles unanticipated when he became director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.Word count: 733
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