When we think of people that abuse drugs, we rarely look at them as the sort of folk that are deserving of our pity. We think that they are the ones responsible for their own lives and as a result of this fact they should be treated like criminals. However, a lot of research that has been recently conducted has revealed that drug addiction needs to be taken a great deal more seriously than it has been so far. For one thing, we need to stop treating it like a criminal issue and start treating it like an epidemic.
To start off with, one of the biggest factors that impact people that end up getting addicted to drugs is something known as addictive tendencies. People that have more addictive tendencies than others are disproportionately more likely to get addicted to drugs. This means that such people need to be treated for their addiction rather than being thrown into jail for something that they did not have as much control over as people seemed to think. Criminalizing drug abuse may seem like an appropriate solution initially, but at the end of the day it is going to cause a lot more problems than it would end up fixing.
This is because you are going to be placing drug abusers in a system that would turn them into hardened criminals. Chances are that their drug addiction is not going to get fully treated and that when they reenter the world they are going to end up falling back into their own ways. Hence, it is pretty clear that criminalizing drug abuse in this manner is going to make it a great deal more difficult for the government to handle the drug addiction epidemic on a larger scale.
However, it is very important to note that this is not calling for the legalization of hard drugs. Instead, hard drugs should simply be decriminalized because it seems like a far more efficient way to tackle the problem at hand. It would also save a lot of taxpayer’s dollars because of the fact that it would make it unnecessary for police officers to spend thousands of man hours on tackling drug abusers. It is also important to note that decriminalizing drug abuse does not mean that drug dealers are no longer going to be prosecuted. These individuals profit off of some of the weakest members of society and they certainly deserve to be punished as much as possible.
That being said, people that abuse drugs often come from impoverished backgrounds that make it difficult for them to escape the cycle of drug abuse that they are currently trapped in. Hence, the decriminalization of hard drugs is going to be step in the right direction for the lower classes and would help raise them a bit higher up, thus enabling them to make the most of their situation and see a little more upward mobility in their social circles.