Well, that's the answer to the question of why I don't work on those initiatives. Others in my agency are funded to do that work.
But I think the question was why do I support drugs being illegal, in part, to promote health and wellness amongst our youth, but I don't advocate for banning high fructose corn syrup, sugar, etc., etc.,
Let's just skip over the whole discussion about how using something like, say heroin, isn't really equivalent with eating, say, a sugary breakfast cereal.
Let's instead go to the mechanics of this. The simple fact is that (aside from alcohol and tobacco) the other drugs ARE currently illegal for anyone to possess, distribute, etc.
My argument is about how it would create a net negative for society to legalize all drugs. Whatever benefit you gain in terms of adults being able to freely abuse cocaine and heroin, are far outweighed by the consequences to society in terms of increased health costs, lower productivity, and having more youth addicted to drugs. Use is linked to access. Simple economic theory tells you that. If you made drugs legal, it would increase access which would impact use.
I can agree with a philosophy and the theory of adults being able to freely destroy their bodies as they see fit. However, when we talk about the practical, the actual, it is a different story, and is thus why I simply cannot be on board with legalization. It's what is in place now and if it goes away things get worse.
The high fructose corn syrup, etc., is NOT currently illegal. And while banning it would certainly have an impact on youth obesity and other issues, I would rather see efforts focused on education, awareness, etc.,
Now, I can hear you all screaming COGNITIVE DISSONANCE! but I am looking at the practical mechanics and not solely a philosophy and theory. If I thought you could legalize drugs and there would be NO increase in youth use, I'd be on board. But I know differently, and thus, I'm not on board and never will be.