The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Meth

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A methamphetamine is an amine derivative of amphetamine used in the form of its crystalline hydrochloride as a central nervous system stimulant, both medically and illicitly. Long- term methamphetamine abuse may result in many undesired effects including addiction. Meth addicts constantly crave the singular sensation of highness that comes from introducing the drug into their system. Eventually this can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and poor dental hygiene, loss of self –esteem and feelings of paranoia. Meth tolerance builds over time in inverse proportion to the tolerance others might have for the user. The user must either increase the dosage or add “enhancements” such as baking powder, bleach, or drain cleaner. Chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behavior characterized by mild confusion, amusement at things that are not funny and sexual side effects. Extreme violence is also a common occurrence.

Some say that the use of meth is about fun and an “out of world experience”. Others contend that while it may be fun, it is extremely dangerous. Most of those who favor the legalization in some form use two arguments. The first is that an approach to drugs based on prohibition and use of the justice system does not work. It produces excessive rates of incarceration, and cost more money. The other argument is that the government has no right to involve themselves in what people may or may not choose to ingest. What they recommend instead is a policy based on educational and public health approaches, similar to that of alcohol and tobacco. A greater harm is imposed on society by prohibiting any substance leading to the reduced availability of treatment for those who truly desire it. It also helps to control unregulated dosages, unclean needles and the spread of disease.

Opponents of the legislation to legalize drugs say that the government has made significant progress in fighting drug and trafficking in America. Now is not the time to...
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