Educators For Sensible Drug Policy (EFSDP) brings the credibility, influence,
and training of the teaching profession to drug law debate and reform. We are an
international organization whose current membership includes Australia, Canada,
Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.S. A.
Our primary motivation is based on the fact that teaching, as a profession, is
responsible for preparing our children to participate in society as discerning
productive citizens. Properly taught, our children will gain the knowledge,
skills, and attitudes to become life long learners who can make wise decisions.
We recognize that accurate, scientific, reality-based
information is necessary in order to make informed decisions about drugs. Empowered with accurate
facts and figures and the tools of education, our students will understand the
differences between use and abuse, legal and illegal, private and public, and
recognize the benefits of quality control and dosage regulation.
The "War on Drugs" is a public policy
failure. After decades of criminal prohibition and intensive law enforcement
efforts to rid society of illegal drugs, violent traffickers and dealers
still endanger citizens in our cities. Steady streams of drug offenders still pour
in and out of our jails and prisons as tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana
cross our borders unimpeded, often aided by law enforcement workers seduced by the
potential of profit. Every year, it becomes increasingly obvious that the
wide reaching effects of drug prohibition are far more harmful than
the effects of the drugs themselves.
Educators For Sensible Drug Policy opposes the criminal prohibition
of drugs. Not only does it subject otherwise law-abiding citizens to arrest,
prosecution and imprisonment for what
they do in private, but prohibition is a proven failure as a drug control strategy.
In trying to
enforce the drug laws, the government violates the fundamental rights of
privacy and personal
autonomy. EFSDP believes that unless they do harm to others,
people should not be punished. If they do harm to themselves, they
need education and health care not arrest and imprisonment.
Unfortunately, our schools are often times the battlegrounds upon which the "War
on Drugs" is waged, with our children always ending up as the victims. EFSDP is committed to combating
the Higher Education Act Amendment,
D.A.R.E. in our schools,
drug-free school zones, and the drug
testing of students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities.
We believe there are better ways to control drug use, ways that will ultimately
lead to a healthier, freer and less crime-ridden society. A system of
regulation and control of these substances (replacing the current system of
control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical
and more effective public policy.
Use the resources on this web site to learn
more and take action to protect our schools, students, teachers, and children.
Please consider joining Educators for Sensible Drug Policy.
Unlike our tax-funded opponents, our grassroots campaign counts on people like
you to make it possible. We sincerely appreciate your generous support so far.
ALERT: In the U.S. urge your elected officials to repeal the Higher
Education Act provision!
Sample letter to senators
Visit Raise Your Voice
In Canada contact your MP and encourage them to do their part to help
end the failed prohibition of drugs.
|Our government spends roughly the same amount of money to
incarcerate a non-violent marijuana user for one year as it does to pay a teacher to educate an
entire classroom for the same amount of time... Which has a more positive effect on
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