U.S. Drug Czar Visits Houston

Judges, attorneys...they all took pictures with John Walters. After all it's not everyday the nation's "Drug Czar" comes to town. Once the new president takes over next year, Walters will step aside and hand the war on drugs over to someone else.

That person will have the task of handling a problem that's responsible for increased violence in Mexico and street problems here in the U.S. that just won't seem to go away &mash; all because of drugs.

There's so much money to be made, Walters says Mexican cartels are starting to intimidate by imitating what they saw in the Middle East when the U.S. entered Iraq.

"They saw on the internet several years ago terrorists beheading people, so they started beheading people."

The nation's "drugξczar" says programs like Houston's drug court are what will ultimately win the war. By helping people lose their addiction, they reduce the demand for drugs.

"It doesn't happen overnight. We get too impatient. This requires steady work not one stroke and its not a problem anymore."

Walters says all the statistics show more people really are just saying no to drugs. But with so much drug related violence here and south of the border — those statistics may be like those of a football team that scores 50 points...yet still loses the game.

Bill Stamps KUHF Houston Public radio news.
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