Drug Abuse: Can be stopped without the use of incarceration
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My Position: Drug Abuse can be stopped without taking people into jail time.
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(Quick Question; Do you mean by incarceration that drug abuse can be stopped without arrests altogether? Or merely time in prison?)
My opening statement: Switzerland.
In the 1980's, Switzerland had a drug abuse problem. The many side-products that drug abuse in the United States created is occurring once again at Switzerland: crime, prostitution, the whole works. Instead of shoving druggies into jails, they did something nobody in the US would even think about doing: open drug treatments where you can get free heroine (in healthy doses). They helped people who were doing drugs get their lives back together. What happened then was fascinating (or at least to me). Since nobody was buying drugs due to the fact that they can get it free, they started rebuilding their lives back together.
Streets that used to have high-crime rates now are dotted successful businesses. There was a "significant drops in overdose deaths" and, for some reason, HIV dropped as well. With their treatment and non-hostile acts, they have found out a simpler way to eradicate drugs.
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