..when you tell a kid, “Don’t do drugs because you’ll lose your reputation and your job,” and they know damn well they have no reputation and no job to lose, and that things will not get any worse for them being involved, no amount of “just say no” is going to work. To the extent that we have more kids with more opportunities, we have a much better chance at defeating the dug dealers, who remain alive alive and well in business.
…I’ve always felt that as you improve the quality of people’s lives the more they have at risk by dabbing in drugs. The more opportunities and options people have, the less likely they are to choose drugs.
– Rep. Charlie Rangel from And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress