Drug Reform Policy
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 …show more content…
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