The United States should follow Portugal's example and decriminalize all drugs.
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This is due to the fact that,when a country/state legalizes drugs,the amount of people that use it go up,for example,the states in America that smoke the most pot are also the states that have legalized pot as well I will provide a link at the bottom.Although I believe that marijuana should be legalized,for purposes that do not contribute to this debate,this shows us that if we legalize the drug,the drug's usage will go up.Although some drugs are more or less harmless,most aren't,and can do serious damage to yourself.Since marijuana has been legalized in Delaware for example,teens that have used marijuana once in their life went up to %46,compared to the whole of the U.S,it is different by %6,I will provide a link at the bottom.Some effects some drugs do to you,in my example I will be using heroin,obviously show that it gives you horrible negative outcomes.After the initial effects, users usually will be drowsy for several hours; mental function is clouded; heart function slows; and breathing is also severely slowed, sometimes enough to be life-threatening. Slowed breathing can also lead to coma and permanent brain damage,this is a quote I found online for the usage of heroine,wich I will have a link at the bottom.Thank you for reading my first argument.
1. http://www.cbsnews.com... (states that use marijuana)
2. http://www.drugabuse.gov... (heroin effects)
3. http://recovergateway.org... (more drug usage effects)
4. http://www.hhs.gov... (drug usage/marijuana usage for juniviles in Delaware)
What I am stating is that I we should decriminalize drugs and not prosecute addicts as criminals. Instead we should focus on rehabbing those individuals. By doing this we can actually curb the issues of having 60% of our prison population being incarcerated for drug offenses. Below is a link to an article I think you would find interesting.
As in the case with Portugal after 15 years the country is actually posting that drug use is down by half of what it is. This is not something to make people care about drugs less but to change how people view drugs and the addicts of drugs. Like we have both previously stated drugs are bad and cause a variety of mental and physical health issues. People should be educated as to the affects of drugs and what they can and depending on the drugs will do to you.
I also must apologize for not adding more rounds to this debate I would really like to continue this as you have some interesting points.
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