September 26, 2017

Taking the War Against Drugs to Colleges

If the war against drugs is to be won, then it has to be taken to colleges. This is because many of the people who have fallen victim to drug use did so while at college. The college environment is one that is very conducive to the sale and use of illegal drugs. You find, in college, a youthful population that is ready ‘to experiment with stuff’. You find, in college, a population that has a bit of money: from student loans, from parents, from the odd jobs they do here and there (like, for instance, at MyWalmart and other retail employers). It is an interesting combination: of a  youthful population, that is ready and eager to experiment, and that happens to have a bit of money at its disposal. The drug dealers are, of course, aware of these dynamics, and they spare no effort in targeting the college market. So you simply can’t afford to ignore colleges, in the fight against drugs.

In taking the war against drugs to colleges, there are two forces that need to be used.

Firstly, in taking the war against drugs to colleges, there is need for coercive force to be used. This is about working with college police authorities, to ensure that the drug dealers don’t operate within the campuses. So this is a question of tackling the problem from the supply side. Of course, this is easier said than done. Yet we do know of colleges that have been able to get rid of drug dealers: so, difficult as it may be, it is still possible to get rid of drug dealers from college settings if people are really determined.

Then, secondly, in taking the war against drugs to colleges, there is need for persuasive force to be used. This is about enlightening the college students about drugs, and the harmful effects of drugs. So it becomes a question of tackling the problem from the demand side. If it is done in the right manner, the drug dealers end up with a community of students who are not open to their machinations. So they end up with no market, and they are forced to close shop, even without being subjected to coercive measures from the authorities or from any other quarters.