It refers to governmental programs intended to suppress the consumption of certain recreational drugs. The War on Drugs utilizes several techniques to achieve its goal of eliminating recreational drug use: Drugs deemed socially, religiously, medically or politically unfit for recreational use are frequently banned. From a blanket prohibition suppressing all use, to permitting certain amounts for personal use, the legalization of marijuana fights different fights in different countries.
Legal or not, people will continue to use drugs. Prohibition makes it socially acceptable to treat drug users as criminals, and to prevent people with substance abuse problems from accessing treatment for fear of legal repercussions.
Decriminalization and legalization would promote compassion and allow people to receive treatment for substance abuse problems when they need it. In many cases, prohibition can prevent reasonable dialogue about drugs. The widely-used DARE program was generally considered a failure due to its abstinence-only approach and hyperbolic anti-drug rhetoric.
In contrast, anti-tobacco campaigns have drastically reduced tobacco use through science-based education and restrictions on use and advertisement. The best way to reduce drug use is through evidence-based education, harm reduction, and regulation, none of which can be effective as long as drugs remain illegal.
There is no doubt that drugs can be dangerous, but that is not a valid reason to make them illegal.
Alcohol alone is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, yet you never hear anyone argue that we should outlaw pain killers or alcohol. History shows us that making drugs illegal creates criminal enterprises, and prohibition exacerbates the very real dangers of impurity, violenceand poverty.
Education and harm reduction strategies are much more effective ways to reduce the dangers of drugs than prohibition. The biggest risk to a teenager who chooses to use drugs is not addictionbut being caught and introduced to the criminal justice system.
Rather, the best way to prevent youth drug abuse is through science-based educationand smart restrictions on access and advertising. Sensibly regulating access will be part of any legitimate drug legalization policy, but locking up youth over drugs is just counter-productive.
Drug violations are the most common reason for arrest in the U. While studies have consistently shown that drug use is distributed relatively evenly across racial demographics, the vast majority of people in jail for drug-related offenses are people of color. More than four decades of the War on Drugs has systematically criminalized certain populations while doing very little to reduce violent crime.
Aaron Juchau is an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance.Rather, the best way to prevent youth drug abuse is through science-based education, and smart restrictions on access and advertising.
Sensibly regulating access will be part of any legitimate drug legalization policy, but locking up youth over drugs is just counter-productive. 4.
Prohibition doesn’t reduce crime, it institutionalizes racism. Legalization of Marijuana The legalization of marijuana as a prescription drug should be allowed.
Medical research shows that marijuana has therapeutic value in patients with various types of cancers, some neurological disorders, and AIDS patients. Drug liberalization is the process of eliminating or reducing drug prohibition laws.
Variations of drug liberalization include: drug legalization, drug relegalization and drug decriminalization. Whilst many people would argue that decriminalization will only cause an increase in usage, studies from California and Colorado, two states who . The legalization or decriminalization of drugs would make harmful, psychoactive, and addictive substances affordable, available, convenient, and marketable.
It would expand the use of drugs. It would remove the social stigma attached to illicit drug use, and would send a message of tolerance for drug use, especially to youth.
By Tom Gorman THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST LEGALIZING DRUGS LEGALIZATION AND CRIME Legalization of drugs will not reduce crime. Alcohol is . Concern: Marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to increased usage of cocaine and heroin and drug dependence.
Argument: Again, this is a behavior that can be controlled and prevented. The continued use of prescription drugs with multiple and dangerous side effects too often cannot be contained.