With the 21st Century Cures Act now law and destigmatizing efforts underway, substance use disorders are finally getting the right attention — by most.
Most government organizations are working diligently on tackling the drug epidemic without mass incarcerations and with innovative programs, but some are still stuck in the past.
Some Texas officials seem to continue believing that cutting off the drug supply from Mexico will solve the drug epidemic.
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That money would be more effective if it were used to treat drug demand.
If the state turns more focus toward treatment facilities and drug courts, it could lower the number of Texans with substance use disorders. And if that number gets low enough, the cartels will be less inclined to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
There’s no question lowering the demand would be a hard task to accomplish, but it would be more effective in the long run.