The American Drug War has been going on for sometime now…Distinctively American, nonetheless it is a world wide phenomenon, and along the border of the Rio Grande it always is having an enormous effect at all times. In recent times, this government initiated conflict has come under more and more scrutiny; in fact never before has more research been done, and more true information put out, not just by independent and alternative news and investigators, but also by some mainstream medical, scientific, and broadcast outlets. With the advent of the internet, the previous cover up and propaganda, especially concerning Marijuana has become unsustainable.
The back story on the drug war has been revealed on cable TV and books and in films. Prior to American Drug War 2, Kevin Booth had produced two former movies about the American Drug War: “American Drug War” and “How Weed Won The West.” These two films covered the history of the drug war, the corporate chicanery involved, and a lot of the history. “How Weed Won The West” dealt with medical marijuana issues, now “American Drug War 2 deals with some of this as well, but it goes much further, reaching into facets that have come into play in the last 20 years or so. One of which is the drugs being used to war on America’s Children. This one is being waged by the government itself.
Amongst all the other by-products of The American Drug War, this may be the cruelest. While even minor possession of a so called “bad drug” can bring severe penalties on an individual or the enforcement of draconian laws can devastate minority and more particularly black communities, the flip side of the drug war, the opposite of proscription or prohibition is prescription. The government, corporate and medical communities act in more or less concert to inflict dangerous, many times unproven prescription drugs on the American public. Billions of dollars are spent on advertising to the public, and huge amounts as well on the seduction of physicians to prescribe these anti-depressants and other feel good pills to their patients.
By the way, cannabis sativa, or marijuana has been proven an excellent anti-depressant for many people.
Now when adults fall for the medical corporate propaganda it is a bad thing, and of course they are not medical professionals, and so tend to take the word of their doctor. The doctor himself or herself most often has little to no mental health expertise either. Still information is out there and adults should take some responsibility for themselves.
Victims they are, but to a greater or lesser indeterminate degree.
A large part of American Drug War2 covers the government and social services forced drugging of American children. These children are victims in every sense of the word. In public education huge numbers of children are treated for Attention Deficit Disorder, and other so called “disorders.” Especially the boys. A form of amphetamine is given normally, Ritalin in the past, but now there are many others.
Kevin Booth, the producer and director of American Drug Wars2, took two foster children into his home during the filming. We get to hear from the two girls on what their life is like. The average foster child in Texas is prescribed an average of seven psycho-active drugs.
Kevin exposes the reasons and the rationale on this wholesale chemical assault on children by the welfare state and the prescription drug industry.
It is worth mentioning here that there are numerous interview and input from bio-chemists, doctors of various stripes, experts, alternative medical people, law enforcement etc. However it is presented in such a way that if you are not on some medically prescribed happy pill and are of normal intelligence, you should be able to keep up.
That an entire medical and justice system would keep life saving medicine away from children, would seem like a very close thing to an ultimate crime. But people go along with dysfunctional, even criminal systems every day. People that we would call “good people.” American Drug War2 let’s a family that is trying to save their little boy tell their own story. The system does win, as it almost always does. The little boy dies. Warning, it is heartbreaking.
The politics of the drug war are nauseating. Ironic that cannabis sativa is used most often to treat nausea.
Calm, reasoned, rational, Kevin Booth narrates in a very effective way the continuing story of the American Drug War. A treatment very thorough, but never dull, with first class production all the way,
You’ll want to see it, and I know that you know people that need to see it.
Born in Houston, Texas and moved to Raymondvile, Texas in 1969. Family bought a radio station and helped with the family business until it was sold in 1997. Since then started an agency and mostly writes about experiences in Deep South Texas. Writers of the Rio Grande founder, editor and contributing author.