Address the War on Drugs at Morehouse College's 2013 Commencement Speech
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Address the War on Drugs at Morehouse College's 2013 Commencement Speech

    1. David Anderson
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      David Anderson

      Tinton Falls, NJ

With nearly one in three African American men between the ages of 20–29 under some form of criminal justice supervision most often as a result of illegal drug trading, Morehouse College, an all male Historically Black College is the perfect venue to address the impact of three decades of Federal and States’ initiatives failure to combat the illegal drug trade here in America.
As the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential Morehouse Alumni who died to liberate future generations from the perils of poverty and violence, as a backdrop, President Obama must address his inability to combat, acknowledge or even pay lip service to the country’s failed drug policy. In fact, many argue he has perpetuated these destructive policies.
He must speak to this issue not because he is most prominent and powerful member of the black community, or as the leader of the free world, or even for the sake of the thousands of students sitting in white lawn chairs at graduation; he must speak on this issue for the legions of other black men, the graduates' cohorts, friends, cousins, nephews, brothers, fathers, sons and families who have been or are currently imprisoned under his watch.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      My Ex-tenant takes and sells drugs and he is a dangerous man and stalker!

      The Most Dangerous Drugs In The World!

      Like Ecstasy and methamphetamine, the drug known as “bath salts” is a designer drug, which means it’s synthetic, concocted in a lab. (On the street, it’s also sometimes called “bath powder,” “herbal incense,” or “plant food.”). What makes the term “bath salts” more confusing, though, is that name is used for a surprisingly large number of different chemical combinations. But the drug also apparently causes paranoid delusions and/or hallucinations. Experts are saying it’s psychoactive, rather than hallucinogenic like acid, but the end result appears to be similar: delusional beliefs acted upon in violent ways.


      This drug is psychoactive in nature and is used to treat problems of depression mostly. The action of this drug becomes dangerous when it is used in excess. The exact action of the drug on the nervous system is known with certainty and the specialists assert that it can cause many side effects. For example, slurred speech, drowsiness and severe depression and dependency.

      Crystal Meth

      This is yet another drug which acts as a stimulant and was indeed a great invention in the field psycho pharmacology. It also acts in suppressing one’s appetite. The action and the effects of this drug become dangerous to one’s health when it is used for recreational purposes. The common effects are dizziness, visual impairment, ADHD and restlessness.


      This drug is a very powerful drug that can cause hallucinations and even paranoia. It has a number of effects on the human body including anesthesia, visual and auditory hallucinations and blood pressure problems. It has been reported for a number of recreational uses and in addiction.

      Street Methadone

      This drug has been reported as a form of an opiate drug. Its acts as an agonist in the nervous system and it also effects heavily on the neurotransmitters which are released in the human brain. The overdose of this drug can cause pneumonia, Hepatitis, and even a number of psychological disorders. The respiratory depressions and actions it causes can even cause death.


      This drug is indeed a very dangerous drug which is known all around the world as the slow killer. This drug influences a number of neurotransmitters at the same time and is extremely dangerous to the nervous functioning of the brain. It is has been banned in many countries due to the number of deaths it has caused.


      Street names include Codeine, China White, Ddarvon, Darvocet, Demerol, dilaudid, heroin, methadone, Morphine, Percocet, Percodan, Talwin, and Vicodin. According to the United States Library of Medicine, many prescription drugs are characterized as opiates. Morphine is an opiate often legally prescribed to alleviate chronic pain; however, due to its addictive nature, it is administered in hospital settings. Other legally prescribed opiates include codeine, methadone and Oxycontin. One of the most common illegal opiates is heroin, a more concentrated form of morphine. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America reports that heroin is so addictive that withdrawal symptoms can appear within hours of not using.!


      It is a derivative of opium and is the most dangerous drug responsible of thousands of deaths every year. The tolerance to this drug develops very fast and so the body demands more and more intake of this drug. The fatal side effects include shortness of breath, seizures, disorientation, abnormal behavior, cycles of knock outs and even the whole brain stops functioning at times leading to sudden death.


      LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with "trips" lasting about 12 hours. With large enough doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations. Physical effects include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; sleeplessness; and loss of appetite.

      The Devil’s Breath

      This drug has the power to eliminate free will and wipe out memory and is being dealt with regularly on the streets of Colombia. Scopolamine, or ‘The Devil’s Breath,’ comes from a tree common to South America. Since scopolamine is odorless and tasteless, it can be blown in the face of a passerby on the street and, within minutes, that person is under the drug’s effect. Leaving you hopeless with no free will, making you obey every order you are given.

    • B M FELTON, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Why? because the WOD is one of the biggest assaults on our freedoms. because it is a failed policy that takes way too much money. It is the government trying to control morality, which never can work.

    • Erich Curnow PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'd say in a country that consumes 95% of the world's prescription narcotics to say we are still at war is to be in the deepest grip of denial. Instead of ackowledging the at that our healthcare system is helping to create a nation of zombies, treating addicts as the medically ill people that they are, and providing funding to help people get well through treatment and rehabilitative programs, we turn ablind eye to the practice of treating pain as a vital sign, we incarcerate the afflicted and we reduce, eliminate and divert the already criminally low dollars available to help. Face it folks, we are all the casualties of this so called "war".

    • Richard Martinez DAVIE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      This issue has been marginalized for far too long!

    • Linda Burnside CENTENNIAL, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      The war on drugs is a joke and has been a joke and we the people of the US all talk about the ineptness of the government to address this issue. I truly believe we need new thinkers. Obama has been a disappointment following along but not creatively thinking. If we put all the revenue into education the drug "problem" would solve itself. If we activate the mind and nourish the brain and talent of the younger generation instead of providing hopelessness the young would not have to go to drugs we have no hope in this country. We watch all of our politicians lack any sense of what we the people need and want.


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