Time for Drug War to Stop Targeting the Little Guys

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 30, 2003

Re: Your story of Czar Walters' silver bullet to combat the growing heroin problem plague in this country as well as Europe ["Weed Watch," Oct. 17], readers should be aware that since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is the largest heroin producer in the world. It now supplies 95% of the heroin destined for the EU and the U.S. East Coast.
   It seems the U.S. doesn't want to go after Afghan growers and producers because it will take away their livelihood, yet it is more than willing to go after Americans who suffer for the drugs and take away their freedom by incarcerating them.
   The leaders in the war on drugs continue to go after the little guys in the food chain and not at the root of the problem ... all at the expense of U.S. citizens.
   When will we take care of our own?
Treatment, not prison,
Richard Leatherwood
Hawthorne, N.J.
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