Drugs should not be legalized

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Drugs should not be legalized There are also many arguments against legalization.  1. Legalization would increase the number of casual users which, in turn, would  increase the number of drug abusers. 2. More drug users, abusers, and addicts would mean more health problems and lower  economic productivity. 3. Although legalization might result in savings in expensive criminal justice costs and  provide tax revenues, increased public-health costs and reduced economic productivity due  to more drug-dependent workers would offset the financial benefits of legalization. 4. The argument based on the analogy between alcohol and tobacco versus psychoactive  drugs is weak because its conclusion—psychoactive drugs should be legalized—does not  follow from its premises. It is illogical to say that because alcohol and tobacco take a terrible  toll (for example, they are responsible for 500,000 premature deaths each year), a heavy toll 
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Unformatted text preview: from legalization is therefore acceptable. Indeed, the reverse seems more logical: prohibit the use of alcohol, tobacco, and psychoactive drugs because of the harm they all do. Additionally, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack, and the rest of the psychoactive drugs are not harmless substancesthey have serious negative consequences for the health of users and addictive liability. Evaluating drug legalization Is legalization a gamble worth taking? Arguments on both sides are persuasive. What should we do if we can neither clearly accept nor reject drug legalization? One approach proposed as being sensible is to suspend judgment, to recognize that proponents of legalization are partly right (that the drug war has proven ineffective in reducing drug abuse and crime associated with drugs), and to realize that it is time to explore new approaches....
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