Timed to the release of the White House’s new “21st Century drug policy,” U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske admitted Wednesday that he has misunderstood drug abuse during his 37-plus year law enforcement career. Now, he said according to ABC News, he finally views drug abuse as a public health issue:
I’ve spent my entire career in law enforcement. For most of those 37 years, like most people, I believed that a person addicted to drugs had a moral problem — a failing, a lack of will.
I was wrong. Addiction is not a moral failing.