Essay on Drugs And The Criminal Justice System

837 Words Apr 29th, 2015 4 Pages
.The addictive use of prescription and illicit drugs within the United States has been, and remains,an unending and sometimes controversial social and economic issue. According to research and statistics done on this issue, drug addiction has the ability to affect numerous branches of both societal and economic health. Statistically, one of the more common areas affected is our criminal justice system. (‘Bureau of Justice Statistics). The relationship between drugs and the criminal justice system is apparent and prolific. In defining addiction, the Meriam -Webster dictionary defines it as follows.... immoderate or compulsive consumption of a drug or other substance; spec. a condition characterized by regular or poorly controlled use of a psychoactive substance despite adverse physical psychological or social consequences often with the development of physiological tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. (Merriam- Webster Dict). The principle of drug addiction is as defined by drug abuse.org: ...a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change the structure and how it works. (N. I. H).
2. The use of drugs, both medicinally and otherwise, according to blah blah blah dates back as far as the early Egyptians with the consumption of wine: Narcotics as far back as 4000 BC, and medicinal marijuana traces back in China to 2737 BC. After…

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