There has been a pervasive attitude about drugs and their negative impact over the course of the last quarter century. People continually state drugs are never any good and they will only land you in jail. Currently over one third of those in the prison system are a there on drug related offenses. This number is expected to rise significantly without any outlook to fall. What one must remember is that most drug users might be guilty of a criminal act but are not criminals. In fact a majority of them are addicts and need to be treated as such. There is a fine line between being an addict and being a criminal in America and that is to get caught. Those who remain above the law and do not get caught can get the help for their addiction that they need yet those who get caught are at time treated to awful consequences.
This is not to say that all users of drugs are not threats to society and should not be treated like criminals. But usually the individuals who are both dangerous and drug addicts have far worst criminal actions on their record than just possession of a controlled substance. And many criminals are in jail without a substance abuse problem.
What we must try to do is decriminalize drugs to a certain degree so we can help those in need and not just lock them up and throw away the key. Many rehabilitation centers in prison do not offer what addicts need and at times people come out of prison worse than they ever were before. Our duty as fellow human beings is to show compassion to those in need not just lock them away. If we choose do this our society and our childrenâ€™s society will be better off for it.