Essay about Drug Addiction : The United States

1127 Words May 3rd, 2016 null Page
Heroin Addiction
Addiction reaches epidemic levels

Heroin use in the United States has skyrocketed. Over the past 11 years use has gone up nearly 63%. From 2002 to 2013 the number of heroin related deaths has nearly quadrupled. Those addicted to pain medication are replacing their pills for a more accessible, cheaper and longer lasting high from the drug that is heroin. The question in place is how do we stop this epidemic that is taking the United States by storm? How do we help treat those addicted to heroin while still following the rules and regulations put in place by our criminal justice system? Our criminal law is comprised of two parts- substantive and procedural law. Substantive criminal law is the branch that defines criminal offenses and defenses and specifies criminal punishments. Procedural criminal law on the other hand is the branch that deals with the processes by which crimes are investigated, prosecuted and punished. When looking at heroin addiction as a whole you may only see these junkies who are itching and picking their skin, in a zombie like state of mind just waiting to get their next fix. Dig a little deeper and you see that not all addicts necessarily want to be addicted to the drug and some of them many not even have a choice for that matter. In the eyes of the law heroin is a Schedule 1 drug, thus causing it to cary some very strict punishments if you are caught selling or even using/in possession of it. A first time possession charge will land…

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