July 6, 2016 | by
The United States has been struggling for decades to effectively deal with drug abuse, and the legal ramifications of substance abuse addiction. From the “crack attack” of the 1980’s and 90’s, to the current opioid epidemic plaguing this nation, are we doing all we can to help addicts reach treatment vs. the legal road more and more are finding themselves on? Other countries have gone before us in decreasing overall substance abuse by decriminalizing possession, and pushing harder for treatment.
How placing public health over punishing addicts has positively affected other countries and their battle with addiction:
Given the epidemic proportions at which this opioid crisis is affecting, and killing more and more Americans each day; we need to consider what other countries are doing, how it is helping, and follow suit. Decriminalize possession of all or most controlled substances on a federal level, is our best shot at turning this epidemic around, or at least leading it in a better direction.
Currently, many addicted individuals have zero access to treatment of any kind in their local areas. If America could begin to ensuring everyone’s ability to access addiction care, we could inherently improve treatment outcomes, and thus increase the amount of addicts/ alcoholics sustaining recovery. Decriminalizing drug possession, and providing greater funding for evidence-based treatment in all parts of our nation, will improve our nation’s communities, safety, and help decrease the number of preventable deaths.
So as we fight this opioid epidemic, we hope that our nation’s policy makers at least begin to consider decriminalizing drug possession.