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It is a brutal drug and not just being imported across the Mexican border anymore. It is here...in a neighborhood near YOU!
Just like crack cocaine and heroin. This needs to be a medical problem, not a criminal one. I've never seen anyone use it, but most users become addicts pretty quickly and the pleasure side of it goes away that fast also. If addicts could go to their doctor without fear of prosecution, maybe they could get treatment, which includes some other medication to get them through the withdrawals. Criminalization of all drugs only feeds a criminal culture.
atoonce...I completely agree with you. Criminalizing meth use and drugs in general solves nothing. Not only does it not help the addict get clean, but it actually costs the taxpayers a lot of money to lock up these non violent drug addicts. And there is no chance they will get clean in prison, and once they are out, they get back on the meth,crack,heroin and etc and arrested again and put back in prison on the taxpayers dime again, and the cycle keeps continuing. People would be astonished to know how many drug addicts our tax dollars are housing in prison each year and how much it costs the taxpayers. Everyone says they don't want to pay for a drug addicts treatment, but it is actually cheaper to pay for treatment that has at least a chance of working than to house an addict in prison. Would you rather pay to have someone get clean, pay one time, then pay to house someone in prison who upon release is probably going to be back in there on your dime in only a short while and you have to pay all over again? I know I would rather pay for treatment that at least has a chance of working than keep paying to house someone in prison.
I agree with treating addiction as a health problem, and addicts shouldn't have to fear prosecution for seeking treatment. I'd like to see more resources go that way...and toward mental health care in general. Maybe if we supported mental health care in the first place, fewer people would turn to illegal drugs to self medicate. Dealing should remain a criminal offense, however. If you're dealing, you're inflicting damage not just on the people you suck into addiction, but their families, friends, children, spouses, and communities. I will never support legalizing the production, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs.
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