I've always been pro legalization of drugs. All drugs! It would reduce crime, mass incarceration, and save a ton of money. Also, people should be allowed to do whatever they want to their own bodies. More recently, I have come to realize that legalizing wouldn't solve the largest problem of all: why people get addicted in the first place. It would just make it easier for people that are addicted to obtain more and more drugs, potentially leading them to an earlier OD.
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Some of this is the same as Trump claiming that if we stop testing the COVID cases will go down. There are some Drugs that are NOT safe to produce, sell or use in the open market. There are many drugs that must be prescribed by a doctor because you could overdose and die. You can choose to believe that all recreational drugs are as harmless as weed, but it's not true.
Not really, legalizing drugs isn't just about making them legal and letting anyone sell it and take it, legalizing is a process that comes with a plan; every drug should come with a manual and some kind of assistance. if you just take a drug without reading the manual, you probably deserve to die anyway. I mean, if you don't give a shit about your life, maybe you don't deserve to have it in the first place.
I think well educated / informed people should be able to do what they want with their bodies... unless you invest in education and build a good "smart" society, you have to do something to help avoid a cf (have we reached 80k covid daily new cases in USA yet?) - Also, what about the cost on society to fix issues when the bodies get sick?
Yeah, I go back 'n' forth on how much the care (or lack thereof) of young minds is at the root of most of society's problems. It isn't valued, as a discipline, yet, but norms seem to change at the human-lifetime scale, so I'm hopeful (today).
What do you mean by care of young minds? Are you talking about strictly psychological care or something more tangible such as UBI or a guaranteed job?
If what you're saying can be interpreted as something along the lines of anti-intellectualism being at the root of society's problems, then I agree with you.