Does treating drug addiction as a health problem work?

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    Portugal's Drug Policy Pays Off; US Eyes Lessons - CBS News


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    These days, Casal Ventoso is an ordinary blue-collar community - mothers push baby strollers, men smoke outside cafes, buses chug up and down the cobbled main street.

    Ten years ago, the Lisbon neighborhood was a hellhole, a "drug supermarket" where some 5,000 users lined up every day to buy heroin and sneak into a hillside honeycomb of derelict housing to shoot up. In dark, stinking corners, addicts - some with maggots squirming under track marks - staggered between the occasional corpse, scavenging used, bloody needles.

    At that time, Portugal, like the junkies of Casal Ventoso, had hit rock bottom: An estimated 100,000 people - an astonishing 1 percent of its population - were addicted to illegal drugs. So, like anyone with little to lose, the Portuguese took a risky leap: They decriminalized the use of all drugs in a groundbreaking law in 2000.
     
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    Just think of the misery we could end by using science instead of prisons
     
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    It apparently hasn't worked for you.
     
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    Science can solve this problem much better than prisons can.

    Maybe someone should unlock the prison doors holding your mind back.
     
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    In Vermont, a few counties have begun separating drug offenses from other civil/criminal court cases. Rutland County was the first, and it's helped to thin the court docket(s) as well as redefining non-criminal drug charges to lesser penalties and jail time. Problem is, like every other state, there aren't enough rehab centers or half-way houses, so there's a waiting list and in the meantime some of these folks get right back on the stuff.

    Consensus Project - Rutland County Adult Drug Court

    I'm in favor of legalizing drugs if there are other controls. Big IF. It would also mean the end of the horrific drug wars going on near our southern borders. If the huge demand isn't there (yes, by many innocent looking, law-abiding American citizens), Mexican and Columbian drug gangs would need to peddle their goods elsewere.
     
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    Decriminalizing is different than making them legal
     
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    Another question we might ask ourselves is this

    After nearly a century of treating drug abuse as a MORAL TRANSGRESSION how well has THAT worked?
     
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    Science it the answer and NOT phoney moral outrage
     
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    Actually decriminalizing drugs works about as well as rerpeal of prohibition did.
    We will still have problems, we will still have intoxicated drivers on the roads causing deaths, We will still have parents addicted not properly caring for their children, etc.

    But it makes little sense to lock someone up for smoking pot and fine someone for public drunkeness.
     
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    Mexico decriminalized drugs too. See how well that worked.

    We can only get rid of the scourge of drugs if we adopt the Chinese model. They had a terrible opium problem in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Everyone in the court and the military just about was a user, with predictable influence on their performance. Once the communists came in, they solved the problem and now China hardly has any issues with drugs.
     

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