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A Grave Decision I come to you today not as a politician looking to say the right things or as an ex drug users looking to lecture you on the disastrous effects of drug use But I do come to you today as a terribly concerned citizen of this great nation As you are probably are aware of our government is pondering the idea and is leaning toward legalizing such illicit drugs as marijuana cocaine and heroin There are those in this nation on both sides of the spectrum in this great debate Some believe that the government should not be able to control what we put in our bodies and others like myself believe that the legalization of street drugs could have irreversible repercussions For over the last fifty years drug use and abuse has been a huge problem in our society Countless amounts of taxpayers dollars have been spent to combat the ever increasing drug problem These tax dollars have gone towards such aids as drug rehabilitation drug education and drug awareness Although not overwhelming to a certain degree our efforts have worked In 1988 it was estimated that there were 11 million people classified as addicted illicit drug users currently that statistic is approximately five percent lower And for those people who say that that money was not well spent well what I have to say to that is if those billions of dollars saved just one person from the evils of drugs then to me it was worth it Now after fighting so hard to wipe out drugs are we willing to take a step backwards concede to the pressures of other and legalize drugs I think not Many believe that legalizing drugs would have lead to benefits in our nation One point which they often bring up is that it would lessen the rate of crime They try to prove the fact that the legalization of
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