Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
BE AN ORIGINAL COSPONSOR OF A RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING THE FAILURE OF THE
WAR ON DRUGS
Current Original Cosponsors: Bass, Beatty, Cleaver, Fudge, Jeffries, Johnson (TX), Kelly (IL), Lawrence, Lawson, Jackson Lee, Lee, Lewis (GA), McEachin, Payne, Scott (GA), Thompson (MS), Waters
I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of a resolution to issue an official apology from Congress for its role in the failed
War on Drugs.
As lawmakers have turned greater attention to the opioid epidemic, it is essential that Congress acknowledges that the tactics that we as a body have promulgated for decades have not only been ineffective, but also detrimental and counterproductive to the
challenges we face today.
As early as 1937, actions of Congress – through laws enacted and funding decisions—have contributed directly to destabilizing communities, setting forth mass incarceration and forsaking Americans struggling with the disease of addiction in the name of the
War on Drugs. The origins of these polices were heavily influenced by racial bias and sought to treat drug users as criminals instead of victims of a public health crisis. The record is clear: the War on Drugs has failed, and the United States Congress played
a prominent role in this failure.
The United States has not simply failed in how we carried out our War on Drugs—the War on Drugs stands as a stain on our national conscience in its very inception. For us to be successful tackling the disease of addiction moving forward, Congress must atone
for our failures up to this point and for the Congresses preceding us. Along with a congressional apology for the War on Drugs, this resolution calls on Congress to reverse the criminal and punitive policies associated with the War on Drugs and replace them
with health-based and evidence-based approaches. The resolution also calls for equity in the treatment of all forms of drug use, beyond just opioids.
People suffering from addiction are not enemy combatants; they are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers; sons, daughters grandchildren; friends, neighbors and coworkers. Congress has played a direct role in harming these Americans, their families, and
the communities they live in. This resolution is a modest, but important, step in that direction.
For more information on the resolution or if you would like to be included as an original cosponsor, please contact Brad Korten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jermaine Simmons (email@example.com)
on my staff at or call (202) 225-5801. Thank you for your consideration.
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
Member of Congress
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