Note: We are not talking about Marijuana in this poll, but hard drugs (cocaine, heroin, meth, crack) or illegally obtained prescription drugs and other drugs.
According to Pew reserach,
The American public appears ready for a truce in the long-running war on drugs: 67% say the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, while just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting drug users. And nearly two-to-one say it is a good thing, not a bad thing, that some states have moved away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
What do you think? Should we focus on treatment and ease up on prosecution of drug users? Of course users and suppliers are different categories, though obviously dependent upon one another. A perfect poll is not something we could do or our choices would be way too many.
Is the battle lost? Is drug use too embedded in our culture to the point that we cannot fight it directly? Choose from the best answer below, even if more than one choice sounds applicable.
It obviously "depends" upon the age of the person involved, whether they are pushing drugs on others, etc. Also, interventions where children are involved is assumed.
So let's set the scenario we are addressing. Tom Jones is a middle aged man without children. He uses cocaine regularly, and is caught with cocaine in his automobile. What should be done?
We all agree something should be done to help him stop. Should the courts make him go through detox, put him in jail and fine him (perhaps adding community service), give him 39 lashes (we are talking about ideals here -- don't know if this would happen in modern America), or do nothing?