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diseases. Because IV drug users use hypodermic needles to inject heroin and other narcotics, access to needles is restricted. The deficiency of needles leads users to share them. If one IV user has infected blood and some enters the needle as it is pulled out, the next user may shoot the infectious disease directly into their own bloodstream. Before the AIDS epidemic, this process was already known to spread other diseases, for the most part it was hepatitis B (Rude, 1997). Legalizing drugs would eliminate the restriction of the sale of hypodermic needles. With needles cheap and freely available, the drug users would have little need to share them and risk getting someone else’s virus.Legalization would halt the loss of other personal liberties. Hundreds of corporations have

used the so-called costs of drugs to justify testing their employees for drugs. Nobody makes a test for urine levels of sugar or caffeine a requirement for employment or grounds for dismissal. Legalizing today s illegal drugs would make them safer, decreasing the drive to test for drug use. Not only do drug tests allow nothing except discrimination, but also there are no proven studies to show that a worker is less able to perform their job if they have done drugs in the past (Lawrence, 1991). As long as they keep the drugs from hindering their performance at work, there isn t a problem. There weren t any studies that showed someone is more likely to commit crime at work because they have used drugs before they took a drug test. Not only do drug tests discriminate against those

who have to take them; they invade people s constitutional rights.It would stabilize foreign countries and make them safer to live in and travel to. The connection between drug traffickers and rebellious groups such as gangs is fairly well documented. South American revolutionaries have developed a symbiotic relationship with coca growers and smugglers: the revolutionaries protect the growers and smugglers in exchange for cash to finance their rebellious activities (Witkin, 1997). Legalizing the international drug trade would affect organized crime and eliminate overseas crime as much as it would in the United States. A major source for revolutionary funding would disappear. So would the motive for kidnapping or assassinating officials. Once again we could walk the streets and

travel the roads without fear of drug-related violence. Smugglers would no longer wreck countries.Once drugs are legalized, not only will everyone realize that the current policies we have are ineffective, but we are putting all the blame on illicit drugs when alcohol has a much larger contribution to the problems that plague our nation. Alcohol is one of the most heavily abused substances in the world, but it is socially acceptable and drugs are not for some reason. A report conducted by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York found that alcohol played a role in more violent crimes than crack or powder cocaine. More than any other drug, alcohol was found to be more closely associated with violent crimes such as murder, rape, assault,

and child and spousal abuse (Lawrence 1998). The problem with alcohol is that the large industrialized companies that manufacture it have such a large influence on our government that alcohol will always be readily available no matter what the consequences are (Swisher, 1995).If drugs were legalized many of our political and social problems would be eliminated. Ending prison overcrowding, freeing up police resources, unclogging the court systems, saving tax money, making drugs safer for those who choose to use, stabilizing other countries, eliminating much of the governmental corruption, helping slow AIDS and other blood born viruses, breaking down organized crime, eliminating the loss of personal liberties, and making our homes and streets safer are some of the major

achievements that would result from legalization. The common misconception is that drugs are killing our society when really it is our policies and the way we are currently handling the issue. So much money, time, and effort can be saved if we legalize drugs. Work Cited End the Drug War Internet Web Page at: Lawrence, Richard. The Case for Legalizing Drugs. Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated March 1991 Swisher, Karin. Legalizing Drugs. Greenhaven Press, Incorporated September 1995 Lawrence, Karl. Drugs and alcohol linked overwhelmingly to U.S. prisoners. Jet MagazineJan.1998: 9-11 Eldredge, Dirk. Would legalizing drugs serve America s national interest? Insight on the NewsSept. 1996 1-11