This used to be 100X until changes were made to drug sentencing laws under the Obama administration.
That is the war on drugs.
If we lowered the barrier to entry for those seeking therapy and medication this problem would largely disappear.
The government plays along because it provides a fantastic scapegoat for a myriad of human rights violations and budget items.
Data collection, large defense budgets, corrections facility occupancy, fearmongering for elections.
Scientifically today there is really no doubt that alcohol is nearly as or perhaps even more harmful (considering all forms of harm, such as drug-specific mortality, drug-related mortality, health problems, dependence, economic costs to society, etc.) as the most dangerous illegal drugs, such as heroin and crack cocaine. Not that I think alcohol should be prohibited either, but if you don't prohibit it where is the logic in prohibiting far less harmful drugs such as canabis or psychadelics? The only logic is to use that prohibition as a tool for the arbitrary oppression of selected segments of society. And that's just plain immoral.
This hasn't happened with modern drugs that didn't penetrate society the way alcohol has. Legalizing them means accepting the eugenic removal of susceptible people and their descendents from the future human population.
Besides, I've never heard it reported that 'X' brand of vodka killed a family of four on the turnpike last night. Vodka doesn't kill people. People kill people.
That's because they're illegal.
AL-LAD (6-allyl-6-nor-lysergic acid diethylamide)
ETH-LAD (6-ethyl-6-nor-lysergic acid diethylamide)
PRO-LAD (6-propyl-6-nor-lysergic acid diethylamide)
1P-LSD (1-propionyl-lysergic acid diethylamide)
One would think any and all institutions tenable to racism would be funding it.
That point could be expanded into a million more. All of the money flowing into the black market creates intense violence and crime, more violence than drug use creates. Instead of preventing self harm, it creates piles of innocent victims, caught in the collateral damage of war between parties empowered by their respective benefits gained by prohibition.