For well over four decades, the U.S.-led “war on drugs” has been a catastrophic failure.
U.S. policies, both foreign and domestic, have deepened violence and corruption across multiple continents and vilified and criminalized immigrants and communities of color — all while doing shockingly little to actually address substance abuse or support people struggling with addiction.
Normally, when you look at 40+ years of failure, you might consider charting a new course. Not if you’re House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. McCaul or Rep. Lauren Boebart though — they’re ready to double down.
Legislation quietly working its way through Congress would direct the president to renegotiate the Chemical Weapons Convention, and classify fentanyl as a chemical weapon of mass destruction (WMD). This designation would push the war on drugs into overdrive while feeding a right-wing effort to land us into open conflict with Mexico.
Communities struggling in the face of violence and addiction don’t need a rinse and repeat of bad drug policy — and we all deserve better than a Congress that would slow-walk us to an unnecessary and completely avoidable war. That’s why we’re calling on you to speak out today.