"Cocaine and other drugs" were never made illegal because of any "huge problem".
They were made illegal for strictly political purposes.
Homo sapiens have been using drugs since the 'dawn of times'. Only in the past few decades have they been illegal!!!!!
Coffee was illegal too when it was first introduced to Europe, political leaders of the time considered it as a political agitator and destabiliser.
I totally agree that the education system needs a lot of improvements. Maybe we could redirect all the prison and police money to improving education. Seems a lot sounder to me.
Didn't the same thing happened with the Prohibition ( where alcohol was illegal ). If you rank those substance on 'addictiveness' alcohol ranks top 3 ( top 1 and 2 being Heroine and Cocaine ). You can examine with your own eyes what alcohol does and extrapolate them with drugs also.
I am in a state of cognitive dissonance on this matter. I do not agree with drugs/alcohol/tobacco but my realist part kicks in and tells me that banning them makes things worst. I will monitor this thread more closely.