Drugs surround us every single day in all different forms and yet, we still have not found a way to end the war.
Last week, an individual was arrested in Jefferson county for the possession of 4 million dollars in drug money. According to the Jefferson County Coroners Office, the drug overdose deaths were already 22% higher than usual in only the first half of 2020.
Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize drugs which takes effect in February of 2021. Portugal has had a successful end to the war on drugs by doing this in 2001.
A few weeks ago, I was taking graduation pictures downtown when I saw a lifeless body lying on the ground under the colorful tunnel. The young man looked about my age and had a needle sitting near his hand. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. My photographer just kept walking and motioned for me to come one.
As we got down the street, I kept looking back at the boy when I saw a policemen pulled over. The next thing you know, here comes the firetruck and sounds of sirens.
I couldn’t stop thinking about this moment for days. What if we could end overdoses like this? If drugs were decriminalized, it has been proven that recreational selling rates would go down, less overdoses, and less non-violent arrests, which all leads to less potential crime.
Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals, the government could offer psychiatric help and even distribution of medically tested drugs to ween patients off of them. I think that going on how the country is, the problem will only get worse.
Since the pandemic, there has been a country wide opioid problem. More people are sitting around with nothing to do and drug dealers are praying on this by offering a good time for a little bit of coin.
The only way to stop this is to care about these individuals rather than to brush them off as crackheads like the rest of society. In the most recent election, citizens in both red and blue states voted for more relaxed drug laws.
Treating addicts like criminals rather than patients will contribute to our overflow of prison inmates as well. If the patients were professionally helped and supervised, they are less likely to continue buying from local dealers. Dealers in 2020 will cut their drugs with just about anything that will show in the amount of overdoses in America once the year is over.
Fight the war on drugs and stand up for the mentally unstable.
Edited By: Diane Mwai