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Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests?

  • Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests?

    Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests?

    Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests? imageThe conversation is unending- and the jail cells are never full enough. We’ve heard the same debate again and again, “Don’t jail non-violent drug offenders,” and “Jail all the drug offenders!” But which perspective is correct? Who knows? What we do know is incarceration doesn’t work. Not for offenders, or society.

    Addiction isn’t remedied behind bars- it required medical and psychiatric treatment to prevent recidivism. This nifty Global Incident Map will tell you every drug related arrest or seizure ever. You can filter through country, time, and substance involved. I have no qualms against arrests of drug dealers and smugglers, until I start to think about what their motivations and underlying situations placing them in things illicit.

    Should those drug dealers and smugglers with substance use disorders go through the same rehabilitation programs? What about the violent ones? Of course! Addiction is a disease of the mind and body. Regardless of what happens to violent drug offenders and drug dealers, treatment must be included to remedy the illness.

    Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests? imageI would imagine highly specialized programs would benefit this population, as opposed to “traditional” treatment which may not be as intensive. Coupling criminal justice with rehabilitation should be a staple around the nation- but sadly almost the opposite is true. Many perish in jail cells from withdrawal because personnel do not understand the significance of the symptoms and consequences.

    Conversely, those imprisoned seldom receive the intensive care they need- despite numerous studies revealing treatment is less extensive and more effective than incarceration. So why haven’t we adjusted our methods of “containment” to remedy? Politics, mostly.

    The stigma surrounding addiction and substance related crimes lugs the perennial connotation of irrefutable damnation. We are an unforgiving society, and it stifles our abilities to create the environments needed to make meaningful change in the communities we are so desperately attempting to protect.

    But what about drug dealers who murder the competition and sell children and teenagers heroin that will ultimately kill them?

    Who Else Is Fed Up With Drug Arrests? imageThose are the hard cases. Those people become the poster boys and girls of addiction and substance related crimes. As with anything, there are all shades of grey. Do I believe violent drug offenders should receive treatment? Undoubtedly.

    Should they be free afterwards?

    I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision.

    Whatever the means we as a society and the judiciary system can provide we must create solutions for those who are ensnared in the legal system because of “possession” and like offences. We are single-handedly crippling our society to embrace condemnation instead of attempts of salvation.

    Not every story is a happy one, but not every tragedy must end the same.

     

    What’s your take on the great debate? 

     

    Further reading:

    13,000 Drug Traffickers Released Early in Calif., 46,000 Reduced Sentences Follow

    Nine Pounds of Crystal Meth Leads to Arrest of Three Would-Be Dealers

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    The “WHAT ARE THOSE?!” Guy Is a Drug Dealer?! Arrested for Narcotics Sale

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    Comments (2)

    • FINALLY! SOMEBODY THAT BELIEVES AND ARGUES THE SAME DEBATE IVE BEEN BELIEVING FOR THE PAST 5 YRS. NONVIOLENT DRUG DEALERS OR USERS DO NOT BELONG N PRISON, THEY NEED MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP! IVE GOT 2 SONS, 1-USER, AND 1-DEALER, BOTH ADDICTS, DOING TIME, GOING ON 2ND RUN THRU THE SYSTEM!!! REALLY PPL, PRISON IS NO PLACE FOR ADDICTS, WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NITES ON TRYING TO GET THAT THRU SOCIETIES HEAD.

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      • I’m sorry about your sons Lori. The lines blur when it comes to drug dealers. I hope we are able to finally come up with an actionable plan to help rehabilitate them too. Many are victims of their environments. Fortunately, slowly but surely, the political battleground is changing for those with substance use disorders, who have non-violent offences.

        Do you know Gloucester in MA is accepting drug paraphernalia without penalty in exchange for treatment? You can visit their main page here: http://gloucesterpd.com/addicts/ . There are other cities slowly adopting similar policies- if you call them directly they may be able to give you a list. I hope this helps Lori.

        May you and your family be blessed and find peace.

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