People who have had some contact with drugs can be often found criticizing drug use as well as drug addiction. Still, drug addiction is a very complex problem. There are governments in the world who treat drug addiction as a health issue and not as a crime problem and try everything they can to deal with it.
This Anti-Drug Campaign Is a Failure
In 1971, in the USA drug abuse was one of the most dangerous things. There was a global campaign going on and it was called “The War on Drugs.” Many people thought that the campaign was a failure and not a success and it only caused:
- Mass incarceration in the United States
- Systemic human rights abuses throughout the whole world
- Violence (especially in Latin America, Asia and Africa)
- Political destabilization
But, What Is the Problem?
This so called “War on drugs” wants to remove drugs. They want to put everyone who traffics drugs and uses drugs in jail. Thy only want to eliminate the problem as quickly as possible.
Still, when the supply of a product if decreased, then its demand is also decreased. Addiction can’t be reduced fast because drugs will always be asked for. Dug suppliers only increase their cost so that they can maintain their profit.
Many of the people who are addicted to drugs suffer from various health problems that are very serious and dangerous.
Better Alternatives to This Global Campaign
There are governments, like for example in Portugal and Switzerland that have made more effective and improved systems.
There was a drug epidemic during the 2000s in Portugal. The democracy resulted in newfound freedom and a kind of an experimental approach to politics, government, and above all, drug use.
Portugal managed to get out of the crisis during the last 16 years:
- The cases of deaths related to drugs have decreased;
- HIV infections among drug users that inject drugs have steadily decreased;
- Drug use has decreased among people from 15 to 24;
- The number of people who use drugs has decreased.
Switzerland was another country with a good approach towards dealing with the heroin epidemic in the 1980s. During this period, street crime increased and the percentage of HIV infections also increased, so their government decided to open free heroin maintenance centers that addicts could use. These centers included:
- Medical supervision;
- Social workers that helped the people find housing;
- Controlled and high-quality heroin use with clean needles;
- Safe injection rooms, showers and beds.
Switzerland is a country with a great decrease in their crime related to drugs. Almost 66% of the people who visited these centers found real jobs because they weren’t addicted anymore.
A Chemical, Called Levamisole, Discovered in Cocaine:
This chemical is known to be used to de-worm farm animals. Numerous drug users have felt various side-effects like skin discoloration, rotting skin, skin lesions etc.
Cocaine has been greatly used in the United Kingdom. There, cocaine-related deaths reached the top 1 year ago. It’s very probable that these addicts use a type of cocaine which contains levamisole.
Researchers face various challenges every day. They face with people who don’t admit that they’re using drugs. Many people can function normally after they’ve used cocaine. It’s very difficult to tie the side-effects as well as the infections that the cocaine with this chemical can cause.
Patients shouldn’t lie to their doctors. Their doctor should always know what they’ve taken so that he/she can prescribe the proper medicines.
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