I have carried out a lot of research into this topic over the past few months and could find no evidence to suggest that punishing problem drug users for minor offences helps them or society. Sending someone to court, prison etc. costs the tax payer far more than the cost of rehabilitation and does not work. Our prisons are overcrowded and do not have the resources to treat addiction. Therefore, the cause of the offending is not addresses and the addict is likely to reoffend. I believe addiction is a disease and should be treated as one.