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Legalization of Drugs
An analysis of methods to decrease illegal drug use in Canada and whether prohibited drugs should become legal.
# 101996 | 1,992 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2008 in Law (Criminal) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Canadian Studies (Misc.)

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This paper looks at the problems of illegal drug use in Canada and other industrialized countries. It looks at harm reduction frameworks and how they are applied to injection drugs. It particularly discusses the harm of the reduction technique at an individual level, particularly of the safe injection sites (SIS) and whether they have achieved their aims or not. It finally discusses whether illegal drugs should continue to be prohibited or not.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Drug problems in Canadian and Industrialized Societies
True Harm Reduction?
For Or Against Continued Prohibition Of Illegal Drugs?

From the Paper:

"Illegalizing drug use indicates that policy-makers believe that drug problems are not a health issue, but a moral issue. Such legislation links criminality with drug use - that those who use drugs "are destroying, in some manner, the social fabric of our country and communities" (Boyd, 2005, pp. 48). The Canadian government, on the other hand, argues that criminalization is a health issue - that prohibition of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs is, in fact, the result of concern over the mental and physical health of Canadian citizens. Criminalization of illicit drugs is also justified by policy-makers in terms of protection against the perceived risks of dependence, both psychological and physical. However, this mentality does not correlate with current drug legislation. Though tobacco is freely available and marijuana is illegal in most countries, the former is much, much more addictive than the latter - in fact, tobacco is even more addictive than heroin (ibid, p. 49). Also, tobacco has far worse consequences for public health than does marijuana. So how can the government justify illegalizing marijuana and other drugs, whilst tobacco, a damaging drug, is freely available? And how can the government continue to pump money and attention into enforcing prohibition of drugs such as marijuana when all evidence suggests that the drug's very availability decreases its use?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyd, N. (2005). Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems. Vancouver, BC: Simon Fraser University.
  • Davenport-Hines, R. (2002). The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Erickson, P.G. (1998). Addicted to Law: For a Health Directed Drug Policy. Policy Options, October, 21-24.
  • Ezard, N. (2001). Public Health, Human Rights and the Harm Reduction Paradigm: From Risk Reduction to Vulnerability Reduction. International Journal of Drug Policy, 12 (3), 207-219.

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