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Legalizing drugs ensures safer use

Legalizing drugs will make sure that the amount of people overdosing on drugs will decrease. The most common reason for overdose is the varying percentages of pure drugs. Many street drugs have been diluted with other substances that are similar looking. The problem is that they aren’t all diluted the same. If you take heroine that is 30%, cut and then the next time take the same amount of heroine that is 15% cut, you are nearly doubling your intake. If it’s legalized then people will know exactly what they’re putting in their body. That will reduce the number of overdoses by a huge amount.

In addition to this, a drug that is being used with a needle is causing HIV and Hepatitis for people who do not have their own needle and use the one that they bought. When drugs with what is spends on coping diseases. In addition to this, if drugs are legal, it can be tested before being sold.

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If drugs are legal more people will try them

Why would we wish addiction, misery and death on more people by making it legal and easier to access? If drugs were as legal as alcohol, a lot more people would try them. Do we really want to see legions of people die because they’re curious to try a new high? 

I have a good example. Recently, America suffered the loss of a tremendously gifted actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose. Heroin kills. It’s as simple as that. Medical experts say that heroin changes the brain’s chemistry, making addicts out of people who were curious to try it one time.

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Legalizing drugs will decrease drug abuse.

Most people would assume that when drugs are made legal, drug use would sky rocket. But fortunately there is some real evidence that legalization would decrease drug abuse.
Treating addicts instead of punishing them has worked out in a positive way for Portugal.
Drug users had gone down by half since 1990, from 100,000 then to about 40,000 now.
“There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction.
Currently 40,000 people in Portugal are treated for their addiction. This is a far cheaper and more humane option to tackle the problem, instead of locking up 100,000 criminals. On top of that they are currently working on curing the 40,000 patients and making better drug treatments.


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Legalizing hard drugs will not reduce crimes

The third argument against legalizing drugs is that drugs will not reduce crimes. Donnie Marshall, the deputy administrator of DEA, spoke of drug use, crime, and violence. He said that there is “a misconception that most drug-related crimes involve people who are looking for money to buy drugs. The fact is that most drug-related crimes are committed by people whose brains have been messed up with mood-altering drugs”. Those people cannot control their behavior, and this is why they are more predicted to commit crimes.

Erich Goode, a SUNY professor and a proponent of harm reduction, states that: “It is extremely unlikely that legalization will transform the violent nature of the world of heavy, chronic drug abuse very much. That violence is a part of the way that frequent, heavy drug users live their lives; it is systemic to their subculture. Drug use threatens the health, welfare, and safety of all people, of users and nonusers alike.”


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Legalizing drugs will decrease government costs and increase revenue

legalizing drugs would save approximately 41.3 billion dollars per year in government expenditures on the enforcement of prohibition. Not only will the legalization of drugs greatly decrease the government costs it will also generate revenue for the government because drugs can now be taxed. This would generate an estimate of 46.7 billion dollars annually, assuming legal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco.

Currently you can already buy many legal drugs like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. While all these drugs are legal we aren’t addicted to all of these drugs. So why would we all of the sudden become drug addicts now.
On top of that the current drug policy isn’t working either. There still are lots of drugs being sold despite 40 billion dollars being spent on the enforcement of it.

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The prices of drugs will fall.

The is the second argument against legalizing drugs. Legalization will most probably lead to a fall in prices of drugs. The currently high prices of drugs contain the risk the dealer is taking. So when drugs will be legalized, it is expected that the prices of drugs will dramatically fall.  What would be the respond of drug users to the falling prices? A research done in Norway showed the diverging trends in average prices and consumption of heroin. The price lowered of the years and the consumption of heroin has been tripled. When drugs will be legalized it will be saver. However, the consumption of drugs will also increase, so is this a good or a bad thing?

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