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Should Drugs Be Legalized In America As the nations drug problem persists issues continue to haunt communities The question is will legalizing drugs really help or will legalization make problems increase in our society If drugs remain illegal a number of complications that could appear as a result of legalization will never occur Keeping drugs illegal poses a lesser problem than legalization Drugs should not be legalized not only because legalization is bad for the country but also because it is morally wrong Several problems would result if drugs were legalized First if drugs were to be legalized they would be cheaper than they cost now If they were cheaper then the drug dealers would be pushed out of business Apparently this looks like a good thing but once drugs are cheaper then more people will experiment and as a result of this become addicted William Von Raub a drug analyst states People start using drugs because they want to experimentthereforelegalization could result in four to five million new drug addicts qtd in Kronenwetter 60 A high increase of experimentation will occur as a result of a decrease in prices and therefore there will be more drug addiction Making drugs both legal and affordable will produce higher levels of use Such was the case in the seventies a high level of heroin was being used due to its abundance As supplies diminished between 1973 and 1975 the prices increased and heroin usage decreased This proves that once drugs are cheaper more people will use them Therefore drugs should not be legalized The Phoenix House a cocaine treatment center reported that there were fewer addicts as the price of cocaine increased Also if drugs were legalized and prices were cheaper then it would be very difficult for users to control the amount of their intake each day As McCuen says Legalizing is no solution Pro-legalizers say that because the prices are so high for drugs
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