Missouri should follow its motto in treating drug addiction

Everyone thinks Missouri is the “Show-Me State,” but that’s not the state’s motto. Missouri’s official motto, established in 1821, appears in Latin on the Great Seal: “Salus populi suprema lex esto.” It means, “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.”

This is a noble principle, and life might be very different if our laws and public health policies actually embodied it. Just consider:

We know that high alcohol taxes raise are inversely correlated with drinking, and especially with underage use. When booze is cheap, more kids can afford it. When the price goes up, use goes down.

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