I have long favored the legalization of drugs - and the "opioid crisis" has done nothing to change my mind. The right to do what you want with your own body is not absolute, but it sacred nonetheless. Since I oppose any legal punishment for consenting adults who use or sell drugs, I obviously oppose the death penalty for drug offenses. Still, I was perplexed by Adam Minter's recent piece on the failure of this maximally punitive approach. Minter begins:Unlike in the West, where addiction has long been treated as a medical condition, Asian governments have typically viewed any drug use as a criminal issue. China, for example, has focused on imprisonment and executions since the 1950s. Others followed
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