The Legalization of drugs is not something I would agree with in my lifetime, nor do I believe it would cut down on crime. Drugs are illegal for good reason, they are hazardous to the health of the user, but abnormal behavior and financial need to support their drug habit are both major contributors of crime by drug users.
For example, large amounts of cocaine can lead to erratic and possibly violent behavior which can lead to criminal behavior. Stealing either money or items to sell for financial support of the drug habit is also a common crime committed by users. As the habit becomes bigger the crimes can become bigger.
The health hazards are scary in of themselves. Cocaine causes constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature.Cocaine use can also lead to a heart attack, even in those that are very young and healthy.These users might also have tremors, muscle twitches, paranoia, and vertigo to name a few.
Drugs may also change the chemical reactions in the brain which can lead to either temporary or life-long mental illnesses including, but not limited to major depression, anxiety and even psychosis. Much research on the links between substance abuse and mental illness have been studied recently.
Being illegal itself will not prevent the use of drugs, but being illegal may deter a great amount of use or sale due to the criminal consequences. If we legalized drugs I do not think it would cut down on crime as a whole, but would create more opportunities for criminal activity towards the vendors and distributors of the now commercialized use of drugs and paraphernalia. Just imagine how much worse it would be if they became legal. Drug use in the streets would become as normal as smoking tobacco products, sale of drugs without consequences will increase usage and cause more problems over all. Now do we want that?
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