3 Ways Bill O'Reilly's Drug War Rhetoric Is All Wrong
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However, a report by the Open Society Foundation contained interviews with numerous top officials in Portugal involved with studying the policy shift, including the director of the Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Joao Goulao. Goulao believes those figures are the result of data collection methodology which considers the presence of a drug in a death report as a “drug-related death” even if the drug use did not contribute to the person’s demise. The report also states that, since the policy change, criminal activity associated with obtaining drugs has decreased; the visibility of drug use in urban areas has also decreased, as has the number of drug users infected with HIV. An additional report by the Cato Institute states that the policy shift in Portugal has resulted in the rates of addiction being cut in half. Overall, the policy shift is viewed as a success both in Portugal and around the world.
When taking countries to task for the implementation of forward thinking, evidence-supported policies, while holding up a drug-free America as some sort of Holy Grail, O’Reilly begins to sound like your crazy old uncle. You cringe when you hear him use antiquated language and disproven arguments against progressive ideas, but roll your eyes and chuckle because you know it is past the point for him to change his whole life paradigm, which was a result of a different time and a different way of seeing things. I am sure there were pundits arguing against the end of slavery, integration in schools, and interracial marriage. Just as there are those who claim marriage between two people of the same gender is a sign of the apocalypse, Bill O’Reilly proves once again which camp he belongs in with his outdated drug war rhetoric. Good for a laugh, and nothing more.