America is suffering from a deadly plague, a disaster that is attacking from within and gradually taking this mighty nation to its knees. What is so powerful that it could cause America to go the way of the Roman Empire, from strong to gone?
Chuck Wade, State Director of Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia and President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, has to use but one word to describe the war this country has been waging, is currently waging and will continue to battle possibly without ever realizing and enjoying the sweet taste of victory. That menacing and destructive force is drugs says Wade.
As the city government of McDonough begins its efforts to gain the distinction of “A Drug Free Workplace,” Human Resources Director Carla Tuck took the first formal step in reaching this goal by scheduling a mandatory drug seminar in February for all employees conducted by Wade. Another step in this process is the putting in place of a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drug abuse. Random drug testing is being established for employees in positions that directly impact citizens.
In making his case against drugs, Wade quickly explains that the United States has spent $290 billion on the war against drugs since 1990. What are the fruits for those billions of dollars thrown at this sadistic villain? “We are no better off today after spending those billions than we were before,” emphasized the seminar facilitator. What high-priced lessons have been learned from this disastrous and costly effort? The answer to this question may simply be “nothing.”
According to Wade, this country makes up only 4% of the world’s population but uses 66% of the world’s drugs. Another surprise is that 77% of people using drugs are workers, part of the workforce. If these two facts fail to knock the wind out of every American’s sail, try one more fact on for size and consideration. Wade asked, “Where do you think terrorists get the money to back them and their efforts?” He answered his own question when he said, “Drug money, that’s exactly where the backing comes from. Are we then supporting terrorism by the excessive use of drugs in this country?”
What makes Chuck Wade an expert on this subject and why heed his words? People listen because former Police Officer Wade lived it and walked among the users and sellers as an undercover narcotics agent for many years. In fact, Wade fought the drug war for 11 years. This was his world—seedy, corrupt and deadly. He may just have something worth saying that today’s youth, as well as adults, desperately need to hear and heed.
How many years have the drug king pins been the object of the drug cleanup effort? Have they gone away? If any have been driven out successfully, another crook steps up to the plate taking control with the same goal in mind, selling as much dope as possible without getting caught.
Wade explains his personal beliefs as to how this war should be waged. He says, “The answer is simple. It boils down to the law of SUPPLY AND DEMAND.” To fully understand the picture he’s trying to paint, people must understand one very important fact—as already noted but worth restating, 77% of the people using drugs are in the workplace, literally workers. Therefore, why not go where the majority of the users are? “The workplace is the only viable source of adults,” explains Wade. “Try to schedule a seminar and invite parents to attend. Few, if any, show up. On the other hand, if the boss says you must attend, the workers are there.” An audience of employees is seated before the facilitator. Where else would this scenario play out in just this way?
Why does the workplace hold such an attraction for the pusher? Think about it:
- The drug pusher doesn’t have to drive all over town with drugs in his/her car running the risk of getting stopped by the police for breaking some law such as speeding, taillight out, running a red light, etc.
- The pusher has ready access to a large number of people—potential buyers gathered in one location.
- The pusher can front drugs to a co-worker, because he knows where that worker will be on Friday when paychecks are handed out. Try doing that on the streets with total strangers.
- No one at work is likely to pull out a gun and steal the pusher’s stash of drugs.
Doesn’t it really make sense? The ultimate solution to the drug problem, according to Wade, requires drug prevention, drug treatment and drug education. It all begins at home with parents talking to their children over-and-over about drugs. It has been proven statistically that parents who talk to their children on a regular basis about drugs will reduce the likelihood of those children ever using drugs.
Requiring every business to become A Drug Free Workplace can reduce drugs and crime within an entire community by 77%. If a city, say McDonough, could get every local business on board and on their way to becoming A Drug Free Workplace and only doing business with like businesses, would this city have something to brag about? Would the public be drawn to such a place to do business, to live and to raise their children?
Preventing workers from becoming drug users could ultimately eliminate the demand for drugs from suppliers, at least, in this community. Who’s going to keep supplying a substance not in demand? Something to think about, isn’t it—the law of SUPPLY AND DEMAND?
Chuck Wade discusses the drug issue gradually debilitating this country during the first of several
scheduled seminars being presented toCity of McDonough employees. Every city employee is
required to attend one of the seminars.