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Legalization of Drugs

Before researching this topic, I was opposed to the legalization of drugs. After doing the research, I'm even more opposed. To legalize drug use would be to condone it, and to me this is not acceptable. If drugs were legalized, in essence were saying it's ok to get high, and not realize where you are, who you are, or what your doing when your in a drug induced state. Don't get me wrong; I still believe if a person chooses to do drugs, it's his or her right, and their life. What I do care about is when their choice starts to affect those around them.

Drug use, without a doubt, is not a victimless crime. If a man, woman, or even a teenager was high on drugs, got in their car, and then caused a drug-related accident, seriously injuring or even killing someone else, or themselves, would we honestly think, that if the drug had been legalized, the accident would not have occurred? Using drugs, whether legal or illegal will still result in the same conclusion. The only difference, if drugs were legal, drug use would increase, and as a result there would be more drug-related crimes, more drug-related accidents, and sadly more innocent victims.

Those in favor of the legalization of drugs make the claim that if the government saw fit to legalize alcohol and tobacco, then drugs should also be legalized. The fact that alcohol and tobacco are legal, does not make either one safe to use. In fact, according to statistics, alcohol is a cause or contributing factor in most traffic deaths and nearly half of all murders, sexual assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes, while tobacco kills over 400,000 people each year in the United States. Drugs, such as cocaine are far more dangerous than a drink of alcohol, and just as addicting, if not more.

Admittedly there are some advantages to legalizing drugs. One advantage, police efforts could be spent more

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