Both Patty and I are educated. She has a Masters in Nursing, plus a BA in education. I have a Degree in performance plus a bachelors in Business Administration. There are zero drugs in the home. Neither of us smoke or drink. We did all the anti drug programs that were offered in our area. Our other two girls have no issues with drugs.
Obviously the kidnapping was the game changer.
To your last point about stronger sentencing for drug users, I'd point you towards what Portugal did with their drug problem.
Read about it TIME
here and Time
All of that said, Portugal isn't the USA, so who knows if it would be as successful here as it was there? What I do know is that the "war on drugs" has been a monumental waste of time and money. While not generally a fan of Republicans I support Ron Paul's stance on this. Legalize most drugs, pursue drug sellers and distributors and offer counseling/treatment instead of incarceration. It works better, its more in line with preserving our civil liberties and costs a lot less...