Drug addiction should be a criminal problem, not a medical one
Should we treat drug addicts when our nhs is strained enough?
Or do we help individuals stuck in an endless cycle of pain
How does treating drug addicts as criminals help the situation?
It will make them more likely to stay as drug addicts when they cannot get a job with a criminal record and turn to crime or just go on benefits in order to survive.
Lock em up and throw away the key.
I'm assuming we are talking about illegal drugs such as meth and heroin here......
Drug addiction is 100% medical, people only become addicted to drugs because the pleasure centres of their brain is activated by the drug the first time the person tries it and the euphoria is normally so profound that the person in question takes the drug countless time again only to never reach the same stage of euphoria. Either that of the person is for one reason or another seeking for a distortion in their own reality because of an issue within their personal life.
I think Portugal have the right idea; legalise all drugs and the money that would be used to imprison offenders who are involved with drugs is instead used to rehabilitate the addict. I'm pretty sure the crime rate there has dropped significantly since the implementation of the aforementioned policy.