Drug Abuse Essay

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Heroin use and addiction is an epidemic that has spread rapidly across the United States over the past two decades. It is surprising that this epidemic is spread across every social class in America. Poor or rich, they are using or have an addiction to heroin. Addiction usually leads middle to lower class citizens to a life of crime to support their habit. Substance abuse care in correctional facilities is nothing new. Although, incidents are being brought forth that show a lack of care for heroin addicts and other addictions that need attention. Heroin addicts require special attention when it comes to dealing with their withdrawal symptoms. Correctional facilities and officers should be provided special training related to handling heroin …show more content…
Thus, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 was introduced. This gave federal level agencies the ability to intervene with almost anything drug related. The act also brought forth harsher punishments for drug dealers and users. What is interesting about this act is Title II of the law. This is the Controlled Substances Act which established a classification grid for drugs based on their medicinal use and the potential of abuse. Schedule I, having the highest potential for abuse, down to Schedule V, where there is low potential of abuse. Within the Schedule I tier are heroin and marijuana. Marijuana is considered to be as addictive as heroin. Even more so was the punishments for the sale or possession of a Schedule I drug. With regards to first-offense possession and sale of Schedule I substances, Frank Schmalleger stated, “under the federal Narcotic Penalties and Enforcement Act of 1986 include up to life imprisonment and a $10 million fine” (Schmalleger …show more content…
There are also claims that he was moved between his jail cell and the mental ward several times. No report has been provided as to why he was moved between the mental ward and his jail cell. Employees of the jail probably thought David was crazy. He was going through withdrawal and hallucinating. He ended up naked in his jail cell and eventually died while being “monitored.” Reports claim that he had asked about his medication in which he was told that it had not been ordered. Stojcevski’s family is now seeking what Breanna Edwards calls a “substantial amount” from the county in this wrongful death suit. Edwards said, “The lawsuit names Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, 16 deputies, prison health care provider Correct Care Solutions and a number of mental-health workers as defendants in the case.” The video is disturbing to say the least. Officers literally watched him die. It will be surprising if his family does not win in

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