December 16, 2019
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The history of the war on drugs, in 17 slides

Mario Moretto | BDN
Mario Moretto | BDN
Gov. Paul LePage last March blasted lawmakers who oppose his plans to beef up the state's law enforcement capabilities in the war on drugs. "The gloves are off now," LePage said.

The question of how to address Maine’s deepening drug crisis has consumed a lot of the political debate in the state over the past year — with addiction experts and politicians at times clashing over how to craft effective public policy.

[MORE: Is Maine’s anti-drug bill good politics but bad medicine?]

From the prohibition of marijuana to the reason that alcohol and tobacco will never be banned — even though they’re among the most dangerous drugs, according to experts — this interactive feature from Vox gives context to how the country has dealt with drugs, and whether it’s working.

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