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Drug Use should be decriminalized (and users sent to rehab)

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Started: 7/1/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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First round for accepting.

To clarify, I am arguing that users of illegal drugs should be sent to mandatory rehab instead of jail.


Sure, I will be arguing that drug use should be punished (even though I strongly disagree with that opinion).
Debate Round No. 1


Illness should never be a crime. Locking people up for an uncontrollable addiction seems a preposterous solution, yet it's a normality is today's society. According the the Federal Beurea of Prisons, an astounding 46.2% of prisoners were incarcerated for a drug offense. The New York times reports that some 80% of prisoners were linked to some sort of drug abuse.

You may think this is a positive thing. That an addict would be prompted to get his act together if sent to jail. But this is the opposite of what we most times see happen. In jail, these prisoners are presented with few rehabilitative resources and increased stress levels, leading them through a vicious cycle of prison time, relapse, and recidivism. Often times these are young people whose decision-making skills are still sup-par. A minor mistake could cost them their future, and the people meant to help are the ones sabotaging them. Putting addicts in this position is not only cruel, its pointless- it leads to more crime and mass incarceration.

If we were to provide addicts with rehabilitation, we would not only save $75,000 per year PER inmate and cut the prison population literally in half, we would reduce crime exponentially and create a better world for victims, law enforcement, and citizens alike.


Sorry for the late response, this summer is a busy one!

Drug use should not be decriminalized based on how drugs cause many problems in younger generations. Drugs, especially opioids, have rendered thousands, if not, hundreds out thousands of residents in the United States unable to work, or just purely addicted. If we can punish and separate all these people from the drugs stopping them, we could create a better society for Americans. If drug-use prisoners were let out, who knows that their addiction will come back to haunt them and not let them stay away from drugs again. A prison is a rehab needed by drug users. Separating them from drugs, and punishing them for use will result in a lesson that will strike clear. A lesson that a dog could learn. A lesson that Napoleon from Animal Farm could teach the sheep. The lesson is not "Four legs good, two legs better." The lesson is "Drugs, bad! Drugs equal jail!" A person must be taught never to do something, and they must receive punishment for doing it.
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Posted by BertrandsTeapot 3 years ago
I think this is a great point and am looking forward to seeing it argued.
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