James E. Gierach, a former Chicago prosecutor is our guest. Gierach has written a new book: The Silver Bullet SOLUTION, is it time to end the war on drugs?
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Kassandra Frederique is the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a national nonprofit that works to end the war on drugs—which has disproportionately harmed Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities—and build alternatives grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights. 29:00
Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department.After 23 years of dedicated service to the Maryland State Police, he was recruited in 2000 by the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department to reconstruct and command Baltimore’s Education and Training Section. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. He also instituted and oversaw the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.
Les McColgin, a Galveston County man, is using a billboard and a unique vending machine to try and tackle a fentanyl crisis. Les McColgin, who started Gulf Coast Outreach Services, in order to reach other parents, neighbors, and students. "Most people don't have an idea of how bad this is," McColgin said. His goal is to combat the fentanyl crisis, which is a problem he can also relate to because he's overdosed three times himself. I was never scared of any drugs," McColgin recalled. "Never. The stronger the better."
A Galveston County man is using a billboard and a unique vending machine to try and tackle the fentanyl crisis.
The Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office told ABC13, in 2021 and in the first 11 months of 2022, 138 people died from drug overdose. Fifty-six percent of those are link to fentanyl. It's a crisis that's led groups to make posters showing the faces of those who've died from the drug, as their smiling photos hide the pain their loved ones can't let go.
"The reality that something so small can take something so big, and the reality that there's such evil to do this," Janice Stahl, who lost her son to fentanyl, said.
The grieving mothers turned to Les McColgin, who started Gulf Coast Outreach Services, in order to reach other parents, neighbors, and students.
"Most people don't have an idea of how bad this is," McColgin said.
Stephen Downing began his 20-year police career in a squad car and finished as a deputy chief of police. As Commander of the Bureau of Special Investigations at one point, the Administrative Narcotics Division was one of the divisions within his scope of authority. His vast experience in law enforcement has led him to the conclusion that the War on Drugs can never be worth the human and fiscal costs.
Dean Becker, the Reverend Most High, give a sermon to the full congregation at a Galveston Texas church.
Ethan Nadelmann, founder of Drug Policy Alliance premiers new podcast: PSYCHOACTIVE on I Heart and other outlets. Ethan and DTN host Becker discuss the podcast, overdose deaths, new US Drug Czar and much more
Nick Morrow served as a deputy sheriff and detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked custody, patrol, narcotics, and training assignments. He was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and provided training to hundreds of law enforcement officers. He now works with LEAP.
Professor Nate Jones is allied with the James A. Baker III Institute and Rice University. He teaches at Sam Houston University. His focus is primarily on the workings of the drug cartels south of our border with a particular focus on the Mexican Cartels.