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NCJ Number: 156587 Find in a Library
Title: Against the Legalization of Drugs
Journal: Commentary  Dated:(February 1990)  Pages:21-28
Author(s): J Q Wilson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drug legalization is examined with respect to past and current arguments on each side; the analysis concludes that legalization would probably result in a sharp increase in the use of cocaine, heroin, and PCP; a more widespread degradation of the human personality; and a greater rate of accidents and violence.
Abstract: In 1972, economist Milton Friedman called for legalizing heroin on the basis of both ethics and economics. The government did not follow this advice, and the number of heroin addicts is the same as it was then due to heroin's loss of appeal for young people. Legalizing heroin would have eliminated both financial and medical reasons to avoid the drug. Cocaine and crack are currently the focus of attention, and some people are advocating legalization. If this occurs, we will have a far more serious problem with cocaine. Supporters of legalization use both logical fallacies and factual errors. Others argue that current Federal policies have failed. However, high-rate cocaine use is uncommon. In addition, an analogy with tobacco is inappropriate; tobacco shortens life, but cocaine debases it. Treatment on demand is also an ineffective solution due to the realities that addicts often do not seek treatment and that effective treatment is not available.
Main Term(s): Drug legalization
Index Term(s): Drug Policy
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