Drug Reform Policy

2532 words 11 pages
Drug Policy Reform

Eric L. Morton

Urban Policy/UST 458

Cleveland State University


In the United States the prison population has increased from 300,000 in 1972 to 2.2 million

people today. One in 31 adults in the United States is in jail, prison, on probation or parole.

The American government currently spends over 68 billion dollars a year on incarceration.

Drug Policy and the incarceration of low-level drug offenders is the primary cause of mass

incarceration in the United States. Forty percent of drug arrests are for simple possession of

marijuana. Growing evidence indicates that drug treatment and counseling
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There are countless other factors that contribute to drug addiction as well. Once a person is addicted to drugs; he or she generally needs professional help and support to overcome their addiction. Many people who become addicted to recreational drugs, such as speed, cocaine,

marijuana, and heroin, starts taking drugs on an experimental basis. The majority of individuals

who experiment with recreational drugs do so during their teenage years, but it is becoming more

common for individuals to start with recreational drugs during adulthood. During the

experimental stage, most people do not think that they will become addicted. There are many

reasons why people start experimenting with drugs. Many do so because they want to fit in with

their peers. Others start using drugs because they want to enhance their energy or improve their

athletic performance. It is also common for individuals to use drugs in order to cope with

stressful jobs, events, and people. Some individuals start experimenting with drugs in order to

deal with intense feelings of anxiety or bouts of depression. While some can experiment once or

twice with drugs and decide to never use them again, others seem to become addicted to

recreational drugs immediately.

A dramatic rise has been seen in prescription drug usage


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