Changing the drug policy within the United States

Changing the drug policy within the United States

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Abel Maldonado started this petition to President of the United States and

31 million people have been arrested in the United States on drug related charges. That’s 1 in 10 Americans. Addiction is often described as a “psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.” Yes, while some have the choice to consume narcotics and eventually get addicted, others were born with addictive genes and others were just prescribed pain medication for legitimate reasons and sadly got addicted. Addiction can easily be correlated to a disability, moreover. Disabilities can seriously limit someone’s cognition and perception of life. Addiction has taken over millions of people’s lives, but those [legally] manufacturing the narcotics are profiting in surreal amounts. Those manufacturing narcotics illegally, however, are severely punished and are often locked up with federal charges. While many illegal manufactures cut their narcotics with sometimes unknown or dangerous chemicals, they would most likely not mass produce narcotics if there were not so many people addicted. If all drugs were decriminalized, this business would lose millions of dollars. Looking at Portugal, a country that has already decriminalized the use/possession of drugs, their violence, addiction and gang activity has decreased. Obviously, this will not be the only step needed to aid this crisis. The 31 million people that have been arrested on drug related charges served weeks to months to years in prison. Instead of having them go to prison, they should be required to go through a rehabilitation process to be put back into society safely. Currently (2019), roughly 48.6% of prisoners are  in for drug related charges. This rehabilitation process would allow crowded, unsanitary correctional facilities to be less full for actual menaces to society. Taxes would have to be slightly increased to implement this in the United States. Instead of pushing people suffering from addiction away from society, we should welcome them and help rehabilitate them back into society.

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