Additionally, one study found that overdose deaths following incarceration were lower when someone received medications for addiction while incarcerated.
Report this Argument Pro Hello everyone. I'd like to thank my opponent for presenting the debate.
Today I will be arguing for the resolution "The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice. There is a cross between the two in my opponents argumentation and my first order of business will be to make a distinction between the two terms, how they apply to the resolution and how the distinction between the two affects the discussion of the debate.
While the case I am arguing is consistent, that abuse of illegal drugs is a matter of public health, my opponent attempts to take a neutral position make the case for why both of these must be considered, and not one or the other. He says that the resolution appeals in his favor, but nowhere in the resolution does it appeal to one side or the other it doesn't say, "must be treated SOLELY as a matter of public health" or "solely of criminal justice".
In the interests of the debate, I will continue to argue that the ABUSE of illegal drugs ought to be treated solely as a matter of public health, rather than solely as an act of criminal justice as the resolution implies.
To start the debate, I will introduce the purpose of anti-drug policy today. I would like to then review what my opponent has said and see if these points still stand. So, let us begin. What is integral to this debate is to understand what the purpose of anti-drug policy is.
The purpose of anti-drug policy is clear, to nullify illicit drug use. There are four essential pillars to reducing illicit drug abuse: I would like to present the following two rebuttals in favor of my case: My opponent has misunderstood how the addiction really affects the role in which responsibility plays when the act of abusing the drug takes place.
The opponent used sources to indicate claims like, "most addicts should be responsible for most criminal behavior motivated by addiction, but … addiction can in some cases affect the person's ability to grasp and be guided by reason.
Yet, criminal law is about actions and not about genetics.
While I contest, addiction is not a hereditary disease it's not something you genetically inheritbut something that develops from prolonged cyclically reinforced drug abuse the more you do it, the more you are addicted.
Thus, it is appropriate to discern, criminal law is not about conscious actions. Health care is more appropriate to deal with the issue because it treats addiction properly - as a disease and not a crime.
What we have to understand is that it is not the drug abuse that is the enemy but the drug itself. After a person is afflicted with drug addiction, when they are seeking treatment and want help, where ought we put them? To jails or to treatment beds?
To law enforcement or to health professionals? The War On Drugs. Championed by president Ronald Reagan, the War on Drugs is a movement primarily focused on law enforcement and criminal justice to deter and ultimately stop illicit drug abuse.
However, it has been constantly concluded by the media, the public at large and even governments themselves that this is a wrong approach.
What I will be arguing in this argument is why criminal justice sometimes does not work with treatment, but against it.
It's really in the title, WAR on drugs. In the War on Drugs, we must discern who is the enemy, and it's very clear - the enemy includes the addicts, the users, the dealers, anyone who poses a threat.
However, addiction is a blight, addicts are not.Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice Debate Doctors 71 Health and Illegal Drug Use TO PROTECT HEALTH ILLEGAL DRUGS SHOULD REMAIN ILLEGAL Sher, G.
(Wntr-Spring ). On the decriminalization of drugs. Criminal Justice Ethics., 22, 1. p Oct 04, · Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal nationwidesecretarial.com: Resolved.
Oct 01, · Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice. The NFL Lincoln Douglas debate resolution for November / December has been released: It raises all kinds of interesting questions.
The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice. Minimizing drug abuse will uphold safety by keeping people safe from the harms drug abuse causes.
Contention 3: Criminal justice punishes people for something out of their control. Abuse is involuntary. Abuse is defined as to use wrongly or improperly. When people use drugs they dont intend on misusing them. They want drugs to get high.
Oct 23, · Putting drug "abusers" (as opposed to "users") in jail is a quick fix, a bandaid solution. I don't think people wake up one day and suddenly decide to become junkies; there is almost always some major underlying issue that drives them to find a means to forget or escape (childhood abuse of some kind is a common reason).