Doug Coleman

Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Agency

Should Drugs Be Legalized?

Doug Coleman is a 25-year veteran and Special Agent for DEA, in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, and Michael Pooley, Metro Operations Lieutenant for Tempe Police Department. As a border state, Arizona plays a vital role in the infiltration and distribution of drugs to the rest of our country. We engage in a riveting conversation about all things drugs, no holds barred!

Do DEA agents have any compassion for drug dealers and the choices they make as a result of their circumstances? What happens within the Sinaloa cartel when their leader, like El Chapo, is captured? Would Donald Trump’s wall help curb drug activity?

We further delve into a healthy discussion about all things to consider when deciding for ourselves if we should legalize marijuana in the state of Arizona. Is marijuana as harmless as we are led to believe?

Are we, as consumers, responsible for the national opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse? Are pharmaceutical companies bigger drug pushers than the traditional drug cartels?

 

How does Michael Botticelli, the Director of ONDCP, who has himself been in long term recovery from substance use disorder, help in the war of drugs. Speaking of, why does Doug despise the term “war on drugs?” And why Doug is the poster child for someone who should have been involved with drugs, but on the other side of the law!

Resources

Vice – Kings of Cannabis
Vice – Inside America’s Billion Dollar Business: The Grass Is Greener
Vice – Seattle is helping drug addicts instead of locking them up – and so far it’s working
PBS Frontline – Chasing Heroine
PBS Frontline – Drug Czar: Treating Substance Abuse as a Crime Is “Inhumane”
STAT News – Pfizer agrees to opioid marketing deal to escape a lawsuit by Chicago

60 Minutes – The Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into American communities, and industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it.

TV Mini Series – Painkiller
Dirty Money – Season 1: Cartel Bank (HSBC)

Episode 22  |  Published: October 23, 2016

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