Heroin Use And Possession Should Not Be Legal Essay

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In recent years, there has been a large increase in heroin use, especially in the Northeast/New England region of the United States. Heroin overdoses are a daily occurrence and have become the norm recently. Obviously heroin use and possession should not be legal, but there should be much more support for addicts. One reason that heroin use has increased is because prescription painkillers have become more popularly used and are easier to obtain without a prescription. Opioids and heroin have a very similar high, but pills are much more expensive. Once an addict can no longer afford to purchase pills anymore, they resort to heroin since it is much cheaper. Maybe this is wrong and maybe if laws regarding heroin were stricter, then there would be less heroin on the street than there is currently. Maybe pills have nothing to do with heroin use and heroin has simply risen in popularity on its own in recent years. But I don’t think that is the case. Police stations need to be more understanding of what addicts are enduring and be able to sympathize with them. One of the most effective ways to get the drug off the street is by helping the addicts, instead of simply punishing. If laws regarding heroin use were easier on heroin addicts who needed help, and prescription painkillers were not prescribed as much, then there would be a decrease in the number of heroin users, and ultimately deaths caused from heroin.
One of the reasons why the heroin spike is not going down is because the…

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