Additional points made by previous classes: Some overlap with the current class, but also some interesting, additional ideas and points.
• Sending right message— to children; model
• Acts as a preventive
• Alternatively: legalized = more use
• Moral message
• Crime would NOT be reduced—drug users committing crimes were already doing so
• Society has vested interest in reducing use: productivity; drain on society
• Legal outlet does not eliminate abuse (e.g., alcohol)
• Drugs are dangerous “products”
• Targeting supply: focusing on drug dealers—to work backward through supply chain; provide subsidies to producing areas to entice alternatives;
• Adding in more treatment/prevention;
• More education as focus of prevention – redirecting funds
• **OR** Add MORE jail time as a preventive;
• Adjust jail based on type of drug offense (better than today’s?)
• Would eliminate illegal economy;
• Would bring money into society/gov’t
• Reduce jail population
• Reduce allure to risky/illegal behavior
• Consistent with alcohol/nicotine as “products” – allows better control
• Allows labeling;
• “consumer” more informed
• Target ABUSE, but not necessarily USE—
• Current model creates some of our existing “drug problems”
• Some proportion will use regardless
• Individual has choice and responsibility-- legalizing promotes that self-reliance.
• Focus on behavior under influence; not use per-se—need to still control behavior under influence
• Focus education on ‘safer drug use’
• Focus on cost-benefits/how to be safe.
• Regulated market --
• Initiate education prior to change---
• Transitions: Need to focus heavily before; provide ‘drug bars’ provide means for casual use w/o abuse
• Need to focus on underlying social issues and treatment.
1. decriminalize use, but stricter penalties on production and sale; forced treatment for use per-se (other crimes would still be prosecuted separately); provide alternatives to growers/producers; education/prevention (with savings re., jail)
2. alternative to jail—tx. Programs; interventions: broader interventions within society, re., poverty, unemployment.
3. improve drug education and more alternatives, e.g., more programming—give students an idea of what to say “yes” to and things to do; segue into new treatment approaches; differentiated for children v. adults. Strike current laws that restrict federal aid because of drug crimes.
4. Set up a prescription system where addicts can continue to get drugs without resorting to illegal behavior.
· cheaper: treatment more cost effective
· much of the drug “problem” are really symptoms of other issues (poverty, hopelessness, etc.)
· penalties that make it difficult for people to reform and become productive citizens are counterproductive for society
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