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Based on the expierience and knowledge I have toward drugs, drug use, and the effects of, I have conclued that legalizing non-medicinal drugs would be be wrong.

The capability these days to acquire

drugs are very high. It's now possible to mail order drugs, get them in parties, cities, rural areas, malls, street sidewalks, anywhere, really. Therefore why should you need them to become legal.

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 payde 2

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


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 When the public realized that Prohibition could not be enforced the law was repealed.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 abuse?

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 payde 3

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



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