Should drugs be legalized?

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Incensed by the steadily growing number of deaths, crime and corruption created by illicit drug trade and use in the recent years, a number of persons drawn from both the government and the private sector have been calling for the legalization of drugs to curb the problems associated with the abuse and trade in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

They argue that such a move would do more than any single act or policy in removing the biggest of society’s social and political problems. However, these calls are unfortunate and could throw an already grave problem completely out of hand. If examined carefully, it becomes clear that legalization of drugs would not bring a solution to any of the problems associated with drug abuse.

Proponents of the move to legalize argue that drug use should be an individual’s choice and the government should not control it in any way. This argument has two key shortcomings. First, we cannot just do anything we want with our bodies, just the same way a person cannot walk down the street naked, or say anything we want anywhere. The government has to step in at some point. Drug use is obviously more harmful than these two inconceivable acts.

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Secondly, when people opt to do “whatever they want” with their bodies, such as drug use, it not only affects them, but also those around them (DEA, 2003). To put it practically, a driver who is ‘high’ on drugs puts the life of others on the road in danger. Such a person cannot operate machinery or even tend for their children and families as required of them. Therefore, the argument that every one has a right to do whatever they want with their bodies is simply misplaced.

Proponents of the debate to legalize drugs argue that this move will discourage drug use, citing a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction that the Dutch are the lowest users of cannabis. They attribute this to Netherlands’ soft stance on drugs which permits cannabis sale at coffee shops and the possession of not more than 5 grams of cannabis. However, this is a shallow argument.

The Dutch government’s soft policy on marijuana use has created a much bigger problem: the differentiation of markets between hard drug users and dealers (heroin, cocaine and amphetamines) and soft drug users (marijuana) (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2001).

Consequently, the number of marijuana users has fallen as most people have resorted to hard drugs, making the country a criminal center for illegal artificial drug manufacture, especially ecstasy, in addition to becoming a home for the production and export of marijuana breeds that have been reported to be ten times higher than normal (DEA, 2003). Besides, a 2001 study in Australia that found that prohibition deters drug abuse (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2001).

Drug laws are very important in keeping these harmful substances out of reach of children. As long as drugs laws are put in place, the prices will continue to be higher, beyond the reach of most underage persons and even youths. The link between pricing and rate of drug use among young adults is evident in alcohol and drug use.

Studies show that high prices of alcohol and cigarettes result into decline in use of the substances (DEA, 2003). In addition, legalization of drugs would encourage sellers to recruit children sellers who can easily convince their peers to use the substances, hence increasing drug penetration into society. As long as drugs are not legalized, such a move is very unlikely, or can occur only in small scales.


DEA (U.S. Department of Justice: Drug Enforcement Administration). (2003). Speaking out against Drug Legalization. Retrieved October 3, 2011, from

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. (2001). Does prohibition deter cannabis use? Retrieved October 3, 2011, from$file/mr_cjb58.pdf

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For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems
of society. There have been escalating costs spent on the war against
drugs and countless dollars spent on rehabilitation, but the problem
still exists. Not only has the drug problem increased but drug related
problems are on the rise. Drug abuse is a killer in our country. Some
are born addicts(crack babies), while others become users.

The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial.
The good news is the United States had 25,618 total arrests and
81,762 drug seizures due to drugs in 1989 alone, but the bad news is
the numbers of prisoners have increased by 70 percent which will cost
about $30 million dollars. Despite common wisdom, the U.S isn’t
experiencing a drug related crime wave. Government surveys show
between 1980 – 1987 burglary rates fell 27 percent, robbery 21 percent
and murders 13 percent, but with new drugs on the market these numbers
are up. One contraversial solution is the proposal of legalizing
drugs. Although people feel that legalizing drugs would lessen crime,
drugs should remain illegal in the U.S because there would be an
increase of drug abuse and a rapid increase of diseases such as AIDS.

Many believe that legalizing drugs would lessen crime. They
point out that the legalization of drugs would deter future criminal
acts. They also emphasize and contrast Prohibition. When the public
realized that Prohibition could not be enforced the law was repealed.
From this, one may infer the same of legalizing drugs. Legalizing
alcohol didn’t increase alcoholism, so why would drugs increase drug
However, drugs should not be legalized because there would be
an increase in drug abuse due to its availability. Once legalized,
drugs would become cheaper and more accessible to people who
previously had not tried drugs, because of the high price or the legal
risk. Drug abuse would skyrocket! Addicts who tend to stop, not by
choice, but because the drugs aren’t accessible would now feed the
addiction if drugs were made legal. These drug addicts would not be
forced to kick the habit due to the availability of the drug they
would partake eagerly. The temptation to use drugs would increase when
advertisements for cocaine, heroin and marijuana are displayed on
television. Instead of money used by employed addicts, you will see
welfare funds used to purchase drugs. If welfare funds were being
misused, this would cause a major problem in the economy. Drugs must
not be legalized. It puts our country at a terrible risk.

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Health officials have shown that the legalization of drugs
would cause a rapid increase of diseases such as AIDS. AIDS poses a
growing threat to addicts, and thus to society as a whole. The virus
that causes AIDS is growing, due to drug addicts who share needles and
syringes. The sharing of such needles by intravenous drug users helps
increase the spread of AIDS. “Infection among IV drug abusers is
continuing to occur at a very steady rate,” warn Richard E. Chaisson
director of the AIDS service at John Hopkins University. In the U.S
gay men still make up the primary risk group, although 750,000 to 1
million drug addicts are believed to be at risk to AIDS nationally.
The problem here is the sharing of needles, which is causing the
spread of AIDS. IV drug abusers are killing our nation at an amazingly
fast speed. AIDS which surfaced in the 80’s is now on the rise and
even more deadly to IV drug users. The sharing of needles must be
stopped. Drugs should not be legalized.

Although people feel that legalizing drugs would lessen crime,
drugs should remain illegal in the U.S because there would be an
increase of drug abuse and a rapid increase of diseases such as AIDS.
The United States can not afford this problem. It has become a world
power by strengthening its people not by killing them. Drug abuse has
gotten worse, with its effects on crack babies, drug addicts, and the
I.V user. There must be education for the survival of this nation, not

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