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Drug addicts should be sent for treatment in hospitals Instead of prisions

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Transcript of Drug addicts should be sent for treatment in hospitals Instead of prisions

Probability of drug relapse after prison vs after rehabilitation

Concept of Drug Addiction.-

Treating the prisoners is actually very beneficial.
Whether it be that addiction is a mental illness, prisons are too overcrowded, or it would be economically beneficial, drug addicts should have the right to e treated before they are punished.
Overcrowding in Prisons
Overcrowding in prisons is a growing problem in the United States-
330,000 prisoners in the United States are doing time for drug offenses.
If prisoners with drug addiction were moved to somewhere they could be treated, the problem with overcrowding would be solved
Drug Addicts should be sent for treatment in Hospitals Instead Of Prison
Addiction is a mental illness

According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, just one fifth of inmates get some form of treatment.
Addiction changes the brain, disturbing the normal hierarchy of needs and desires, therefore it is a mental illness.
The NIDA report released last year cited a remarkable statistic: heroin addicts who received no treatment in jail were seven times as likely as treated inmates to become re-addicted, and three times as likely to end up in prison again.
According to Human Rights Watch, for every dollar spent, the programs save $2 to $6 by reducing the costs of re-incarceration.
Substance dependence, commonly called drug addiction, is a compulsive need to use drugs in order to function normally. When such substances are unobtainable, the user suffers from withdrawal.

I describe below 5 important points:

1.- Drug addicts are not criminals. If they commit crimes, it's usually a direct result of the addiction and not just criminal behavior.

2.- Prisons have neither the money or resources or systems in place to treat the drug addiction. Locking someone up for a crime, but addiction will not cure them.

3.- A man rehabilitated from addiction to drugs can then be productive members of society. Prisons are for punishment and not rehabilitation.

4.- Hospitals are set up to deal with the physical, mental and medical needs of an addict. They can give immediate care and treatment for the problem instead of having a person sit around in a jail cell doing nothing.

5.- Without rehab, they will end up back in prison very quickly.
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