DISEASE YOU CAN GO TO JAIL FOR
Though the War on Drugs has been waged in the U.S. for 50 years, it has never been effective in curbing drug addiction. In fact, America's drug problem has only gotten worse.
America has been jailing people with drug problems en masse for 40+ years. This has been a widely unworkable approach to this country’s addiction crisis, proven so repeatedly by a wealth of research and study.
South Dakota tried to raise awareness of their meth problem with a controversial ad campaign. They definitely got attention, but it might not have been the attention they were looking for. And at the end of the day, what's really being done to address the drug problem in the state?
The subject of drug addiction and incarceration has been a contentious one for some time. Many people still feel as though drug use is a crime and therefore should be punished as such. But as the years go by and as our understanding of addiction improves, more and more people are starting to see that drug use is indicative of a severe behavioral crisis…
The United States differs from other wealthy nations in that we prefer to incarcerate drug addicts rather than provide effective long term treatment for their addictions.. Take a cursory glance at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’statistics on rates of incarceration for different types of crime. Drug crimes skyrocket above all other crimes on the chart.
The American incarceration system earns a fair amount of criticism amongst Americans and foreigners alike. And there’s some good reasons for that. For one thing, the U.S. incarcerates its citizens at a rate exceeding all other countries in the world.
In a nation that struggles with a drug addiction epidemic, our society rapidly seeks solutions and methodology for reducing the drug problem.
As our great nation continues to struggle with a sweeping drug problem, the American people have attempted to create new ways and means of addressing that problem. Not all such approaches have been successful or sensible.
Drug addiction is a difficult crisis, a harmful habit with a very toxic substance that causes people to act in a way that is completely different from their true nature as individuals. Drug addiction is a tricky beast, a physical and mental crisis but also a criminal habit, as every time a drug addict uses drugs, he or she is breaking the law.
In the subject and arena of drug and alcohol addiction, there is always the debated topic of whether we should treat drugs addicts through rehabilitation, or whether we should just incarcerate them. Americans go back and forth on this topic constantly.