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For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems of society There have been escalating costs spent on the war against drugs and countless dollars spent on rehabilitation but the problem still exists Not only has the drug problem increased but drug related problems are on the rise Drug abuse is a killer in our country Some are born addictscrack babies while others become users The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial The good news is the United States had 25618 total arrests and 81762 drug seizures due to drugs in 1989 alone but the bad news is the numbers of prisoners have increased by 70 percent which will cost about 30 million dollars Despite common wisdom the US isnt experiencing a drug related crime wave Government surveys show between 1980 - 1987 burglary rates fell 27 percent robbery 21 percent and murders 13 percent but with new drugs on the market these numbers are up One contraversial solution is the proposal of legalizing drugs Although people feel that legalizing drugs would lessen crime drugs should remain illegal in the US because there would be an increase of drug abuse and a rapid increase of diseases such as AIDS Many believe that legalizing drugs would lessen crime They point out that the legalization of drugs would deter future criminal acts They also emphasize and contrast Prohibition When the public realized that Prohibition could not be enforced the law was repealed From this one may infer the same of legalizing drugs Legalizing alcohol didnt increase alcoholism so why would drugs increase drug abuse However drugs should not be legalized because there would be an increase in drug abuse due to its availability Once legalized drugs would become cheaper and more accessible to people who previously had not tried drugs because of the high price or the legal risk Drug abuse would skyrocket Addicts who tend to stop
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