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Originally published October 3 2008

Partnership for a Drug-Free America (comic)

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) Ten days ago, I wrote about Ron and Nadine from Living Libations ( who were arrested at the U.S. border for trafficking chocolate ( It turns out the portable drug test kits used by border agents consistently produce false positives on numerous substances, including essential oils, CoQ10, Dr. Bronner's Soap and many other items. See my pictures of one such false positive in the story link above.

So why do drug agents use these kits if they're not accurate? It's not about being accurate, silly. It's about instilling FEAR into the minds of the citizens. And using these bogus drug test kits, border agents can arrest, imprison and interrogate perfectly innocent victims who are merely carrying raw foods or nutritional supplements across the border.

Of course, people carrying dangerous prescription medications are utterly ignored by border agents, including children carrying mind-altering "speed" amphetamine drugs labeled as medications for "treating" ADHD. These drugs, which were once sold on the street as Speed, are now openly prescribed to tens of millions of children. And the side effects? Brain shrinkage. Slowed neurological development. Violent behavior and dangerous suicidal impulses. See

The so-called War on Drugs, it turns out, is a very selective war that targets only those drugs that don't make money for Big Pharma. Street drug chemicals, when packaged as medications, are openly allowed to be consumed by infants as young as six months old (under doctor's orders, no less!), and there's even an effort underway now to drug expectant mothers with antidepressant drugs just to ensure their children aren't born with depression. That's called "preventive medicine."

The War on Drugs completely ignores the drug companies, even when teen abuse of prescription drugs is widespread and highly dangerous. Doped up on Ritalin, Oxycontin, SSRIs and other dangerous mind-altering drugs, millions of teens are becoming prescription drug addicts. But while DEA agents are flying helicopter raids over poppy fields in South America, and arresting medical marijuana patients in California, they're doing absolutely nothing to stop Big Pharma from selling medications that are widely (and openly) abused by children and teens.

In fact, the key ingredient to making methamphetamines (meth) is sold over-the-counter to children all across the country. You can walk into a Wal-Mart or Walgreens and buy this stuff without a prescription! And you can find the recipe for making meth out of these drugs with a single search on Google.

So where is the DEA when it comes to protecting children from prescription drug abuse? The DEA, it seems, is AWOL.

Why the War on Drugs is out of control

The War on Drugs has done virtually nothing to stem the tide of illegal street drugs, but it's sure given lots of money and power to another group: The DEA and other drug enforcement tyrants whose careers (and paychecks) depend on continuing their politically-motivated crusade against innocents.

Marijuana arrests are out of control, with nearly 8 million Americans having been arrested for pot possession over the last decade ( Meanwhile, the U.S. spends between $10 and $12 billion a year enforcing those laws, and that doesn't count the exploding prison population, where now an astonishing 11 percent of all black men between the ages of 30 and 34 are in prison. (

A startling 2.3 million Americans are sitting in prison cells right now, and many are there for victimless crimes such as smoking marijuana. And yet, amazingly, powerful institutions in society directly promote highly addictive drugs to virtually everyone:

• Daily caffeine through coffee and energy drinks for teens
• "Speed" amphetamines for children diagnosed with ADHD
• Highly addictive painkillers like Oxycontin, which are now openly abused by teens
• Over-the-counter cold medicines, now widely used to manufacture meth (crank, ice, etc.)

The real point to all of this, of course, is not to stop Americans from using drugs; it's to force Americans to use patented drugs that earn profits for powerful corporations. The job of the DEA is primarily to eliminate Big Pharma's competition by criminalizing non-patented drugs while protecting patented ones.

In order to concentrate power into their own hands, they must create fear and terrorize the population, which is why the DEA keeps raiding California medical marijuana clinics, by the way... even though they are legal in the State of California!

Who are the real criminals?

The real criminals in society today are not the lazy potheads toking up a joint in the basement. The real criminals are those who terrorize us, take away our freedoms and steal our money while bailing out the rich. And guess who does all three? Your government, of course!

People like Ron and Nadine ( are unwittingly playing a Ghandi-like role in this grand governmental comedy. By persevering their arrest and interrogation and proving their obvious innocence in the face of outrageous stupidity, they bring focus to the idiocy of modern law enforcement and the real threat posed to innocents by our nation's ill-fated War on Drugs.

Real power comes from health and wisdom, and yet the people running our governments today have neither; so they must fabricate false power through the use of firearms, fear and intimidation. These are the weapons of the weak, and they will ultimately fall to the strength and courage of enlightened, health-infused individuals like Ron and Nadine from Living Libations.

Ultimately, the War on Drugs is not a war on drugs. It's a war on freedom. It's a war on civil liberties. It's a war of control, intended to enslave the People in a system of chemical treatment that solely serves the interests of powerful corporations who are drugging our children into psychological oblivion.

Law enforcement claims its mission is to "protect and serve." They're right: To protect Big Pharma and serve as mercenaries in the war against freedom.


See related Counterthink Cartoons:

"Meth Labs"

"Mental Treatment"

"The Birth of Big Pharma"

Additional Resources for Ending the War on Drugs

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