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Today is 48th anniversary of the start of one of the most shameful chapters of America’s history – President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the War on Drugs on June 17, 1971. It’s been a costly, colossal, cruel and immoral failure of a government policy that had some very shocking, sinister and sickening origins.

For the past seven years Chris Arnade has traveled around the United States photographing and interviewing residents of this country’s forgotten communities. We spoke to him about what he’s learned from these experiences.

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While welcome news, the decline in fatal overdoses probably has more to do with dealers adjusting their dosing than improvements in law enforcement.

Quotation of the day is from travel writer Rick Steves.

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In a fascinating 1991 interview, Nobel economist Milton Friedman discussed his views on America’s Drug War, drug legalization, the role of government in a free society and his views of the future.

We’re approaching the 48th anniversary this Sunday of what started one of the most shameful chapters of America’s history – President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the War on Drugs on June 17, 1971. It’s been a costly, colossal and immoral failure of a government policy that had some very shocking, sinister and sickening origins.

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