In July, the headline read, Gov. Scott Walker Signs 11 Bills Investing Millions In Drug Treatment Programs.
Libertarians believe Wisconsin government, once again, chose the wrong solution for a growing problem. The Libertarian solution is “More Freedom, Less Government.” We should try it.
Mark Thornton of the Ludwig von Mises Institute attributes the crisis to the following four causes.
- Drug Prohibition
- The Iron Law of Prohibition
- Government intervention in the economy
- Aggressive marketing of opioid painkillers to doctors
Thornton recommends two simple, inexpensive acts which would solve the problem.
- End prohibition of hard drugs
- Re-legalize cannabis
“The Opioid epidemic is killing more than 30,000 Americans a year. For most experts, the epidemic is a mystery with regard to its cause and solution. A little progress has been made, but to really eliminate the problem we need to legalize drugs, reduce the size of government, and increase freedom in our lives.”