The DEA have published a document called “SPEAKING OUT against Drug Legalization“. In an introductory message, they say:

Increasingly the news is full of reports providing misleading or biased information about our nation’s drug policies. Whether there are questions about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) actions to enforce federal law, or challenges to the basic concept that drugs are dangerous, there is a growing discussion as to whether our current drug policies are effective and appropriate.

This booklet, Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization, is designed to cut through the current fog of misinformation with hard facts. It presents an accurate picture of America’s experience with drug use, the nature of the drug problem, and the potential for damage if the United States adopts a more permissive policy on drug abuse. The information is presented in a bulleted format, in an effort to provide specific points in response to the most common myths and facts about drugs and drug abuse.

Drug abuse, and this nation’s response to it, is one of the most important and complex challenges facing all Americans—especially our youth. The national drug policies presently in place were not dreamed up from an ivory tower of idealism, but instead were constructed from the cold realities of experience.

From a historical perspective, the unique freedoms offered by the United States have always depended on a well-informed public. Accordingly, the DEA hopes you will use the scrupulously researched facts you find in this booklet to help you educate your friends and family.

There are going to be a few posts on this, because there are a lot of ‘facts’ in this (76 page) booklet. But, before I start in on the ‘scrupulously researched facts’ I’m just going to provide a little refresher on some definitions:

fact

[fakt]

–noun

1. something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.

2. something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.

3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.

4. something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.

5. Law . Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.

lie

[lahy]

–noun

1. false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.

3. an inaccurate or false statement.

4. the charge or accusation of lying: He flung the lie back at his accusers.

–verb (used without object)

5. to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.

6. to express what is false; convey a false impression.

–verb (used with object)

7. to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively): to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.

prop·a·gan·da

[prop-uh-gan-duh]

–noun

1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.

3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.

4. Roman Catholic Church .

a) a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions.

b) a school (College of Propaganda)  established by Pope Urban VIII for the education of priests for foreign missions.

5. Archaic . an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda.

definitions from dictionary.com

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