One of the principal arguments for legalizing drugs is that they are "victimless." This is false even when the argument concerns only the user. It is all the more so when one considers the large number of non-user deaths and injuries caused by drug-impaired driving.
There is another category of victims seldom mentioned, however. They are in an even poorer position to protect themselves from the consequences of drug abuse than the driver or pedestrian suddenly slammed into by whomever felt like getting high that day. A story about them appeared on Yahoo News this last Sunday.
I have no illusions that the awful facts the story recounts will give pause to the Drugs Are Wonderful lobby. That's because the lobby has never been about facts. It's about nostalgia for a long-gone youth full of pot smoking, now combined with a snarling ideology that mistakes license for liberty.