While we often like to have some fun at the expense of lawmakers on the site by pointing out various examples of the law of unintended consequences, this post is unfortunately a bit more serious than usual. It appears that due to the recent crackdown on prescription drugs, many teens and twenty-somethings have turned to the potentially even more dangerous heroin as their drug of choice.
The above could be taken to mean that I am suggesting that access to prescription drugs shouldn't be restricted. That is not necessarily the case. However, while I am not suggesting that laws prohibiting the abuse of prescription drugs shouldn't be enforced, this is clearly an example of the type of situation officials need to make sure they are considering when implementing drug policy.
This site has played host to several extremely interesting conversations with respect to the drug war. It is clear that such conversations need to be occurring at higher levels than this blog and had by more influential people than me and my readers. From border issues to gang violence to economic/trade issues, the drug war provides more examples of the law of unintended consequences than almost anything else I can think of off-hand. It is becoming clearer almost daily that a different approach is needed.