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Commentary: What do you think about illegal drugs?

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  • Brown: Most people have used drugs or know someone who has
  • Brown: Role of drugs in Mexico border violence is only part of conversation
  • We need intelligent answers to an issue that clearly isn't going away, she says
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Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's "Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull" at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays. She delivered this commentary during the "Cutting through the Bull" segment of Thursday night's broadcast.

CNN's Campbell Brown says she wants to hear from viewers and readers on the issue of illegal drugs.

CNN's Campbell Brown says she wants to hear from viewers and readers on the issue of illegal drugs.

(CNN) -- With so much focus right now on the barbaric violence happening in Mexico, this seems like a perfect time for an imperfect conversation about drugs.

Thursday night we are going to cover a lot of ground not just about the war taking place now on the border.

Chances are there isn't a person watching Thursday who doesn't have firsthand knowledge of drugs. Not that we've all used them, but I'm willing to bet all of us know someone who has.

President Obama admitted his indiscretions with pot and cocaine as a teenager. Rush Limbaugh's recovery from painkillers is well-documented -- and by the way, when was the last time you could say the president and Rush had something in common?

Not everyone who's ever tried drugs is a violent criminal. Does anyone think Michael Phelps won't be invited back to the Olympics?

Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton accurately pointed out on her way to Mexico this week that our nation's "insatiable demand for illegal drugs" plays a key role in what's happening south of the border. That's one part of the conversation, but it's not the whole discussion. iReport.com: Is it time to legalize marijuana?

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And if we're going to find intelligent answers to an issue that clearly isn't going away, all of us need to speak up. Because all of us, somehow, have a connection.

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You will hear a number of different perspectives and we want to hear from you on this. E-mail us at cnn.com/campbell to share your thoughts.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Campbell Brown.

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