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Drugs it is a polemic topic that involves many different people and opinions. Many people discuss the causes, the consequences and some possible solutions to reduce the deaths caused originally by drugs. The truth it is that Drugs are a big challenge for the government and are part of the Brazilian reality. It is a problem that involves the entire community, causes many problems to human's health and the environment around us. Have you ever seen someone taking drugs in Brazil streets? The rates of addicted people are growing; people are trying to find in drugs a way to escape from reality. They take drugs trying to have a new experience or just try to forget their social and economic problems. Legalizing the use of drugs will not solve the problem. If we legalize it, the health problems, crime rates and number of people taking drugs will increase in society and it will probably take a proportion that nobody had thought before. Analyzing this problem and the number of people taking drugs in our country we can notice that it is a real problem. As if it is not sufficient, drugs can lead another problem that is the traffic. The reality is that the traffic of drugs results in many deaths in our country. The traffickers sell the drugs for the population, including the highest class people and what occurs in society it is a real race for this illegal and problematic products.
Many politicians in our country defend the idea that we should legalize the use of drugs. They use the argument that if we legalize the drugs, the government will be combating the traffic and as consequence, the criminalization will reduce a lot and the deaths that these toxic substances results will also end. In another words, they think that people should have the freedom to choose whatever they want for their lives. If they choose to take drugs, use all illegal substances and destroy their lives, they can do that.
People in Brazil created a national movement in favor of the legalization of drugs (MNLD). A candidate that ran for the republic's president from PSTU, said "Temos que enfrentar o problema das drogas como uma questão de saúde pública. O Estado tem que legalizar as drogas, atender e tratar os dependentes e tirar a fonte de renda do crime organizado." (Zé Maria, 2010). The state has to legalize the use of drugs and give medical care people who are addicted. The government has to take out the profit from the organized crime. Thinking rationality we all can say that this is not correct. Do you want to see our son taking drugs? Would you like to see you family having to deal with drugs? Would you like to live in an environment where drugs exist everywhere?
Some of most developed countries in the world, for example the Netherlands, legalized the moderate use of drugs. Analyzing the social and economic conditions of Brazil and the Netherlands, it is easy to conclude that we are talking about two completely different countries. Analyzing the crime rates in the Netherlands, we can observe that it is a country where doesn't happens many crimes, and it is a country that it was prepared for the legalization since a long time ago. Analyzing the crime rates in Brazil, we can conclude that the problem is bigger than what we had thought before and the number of people dying due to drugs and the traffic of drugs in Brazil is increasing more and more, year by year. "Brazil it is the second largest consumer of cocaine in the world, illicit producer of cannabis and one of the biggest responsible for the drugs traffic in the world." (Central intelligence agency). We have to think a lot before legalizing it. "Hoje, o álcool e o cigarro são drogas liberadas. Cigarro mata! Álcool, também. O álcool é talvez, o maior responsável por destruição de vidas." (Fábio Oliveira, 2007). Nowadays alcohol and cigarettes are licit drugs, what does this mean? People can take it freely in Brazilian society. Both cigarettes and alcohol results in many deaths in the country. The alcohol is the major causes for life's damage. Imagine the illicit drugs! This is true. What will occur it is a real drugs epidemic in our "love and peace" country.
Let's think about some impacts of the legalization. First of all, the government would have to invest a lot of money in hospitals and medical clinics to take care of the addicted people. And believe me; this number would be very, very big. Many years ago, around the 70's people though that drugs were just products in which they could feel well, where they could have a true freedom felling and also forget their social and economic problems. They took drugs without thinking in the consequences of it. Nowadays people take drugs due to the same reason but we all know that the science already confirmed that these products are far away to be good for the people's health. The drugs results on a lot of dangerous health problems and it can conduces the addicted to death. Heart attack, respiratory and circulatory failure, nausea, overdose, lung damage, problems in memory, High heart rate and blood pressure, violent behavior, depression, convulsions, coma and death are examples of these problems and this without listing the familiar problems. Or do you think that drugs just affect the consumer? Drugs affect the entire community around the consumer, causes stress and in most of the cases the addicted owes money to the trafficker, and the result of this you probably already know.
At the same time that the legalization would provide factors to reduce the traffic, in reality, this illegal work will not end. And in another hand the crime rates will increase. Or do you really think that the trafficker would stop to do his work? The murder, rape and killing would increase and as consequence the violence would also increase. If we legalize the use of drugs the thief have to find another way to make profit. How can they do that? They will make profit killing, stealing and kidnapping people. Addicted people have to find a way to make money and buy drugs. The legalization will not change the thief's minds, it will not educate them and between the day and the night they will stop to steal people. What we need to do it is invest in education, form good and well prepared citizens. We have to fight and combat the traffic. What we have to do it is invest on police, invest on soldiers that are apt to climb the "favelas" and arrest the people who provide drugs for others."The harder conflict, the more glorious the triumph." (Thomas Paine).
In 2009 ONU created a new world report about drugs. They are against the legalization, arguing that it would results in damage to the people's health and it would incentivize the violence. "é preciso uma mudança contra o crime, não a favor das drogas". (Antônio Costa, ONU director, 2009). The government should invest in society instead of in the legalization. The addiction on drugs is a health problem. The people who take drugs need medical help and not criminal sanction. If we legalize drugs in the future we will have to deal with a drug epidemic, while the existence of the legal trade would cause the creation of a parallel crime trade. The legalization it is not like a magic wand that would end up with the organized crime or the abuse of drugs. Drugs would also be found a lot of easier in society than nowadays. Probably you will find drugs everywhere, since in your school until your own house. The number of addicted people will increase a lot. The legalization of drugs will incentivize the population to take them and to have a constant and daily use of it. How children in Brazil can have a good educational base if the example that we have in our country are people fighting for the legalization of drugs? In the future I will go to the supermarket and I will see many people taking drugs in streets, destroying their lives and causing trouble for their families. Two hundred eight million on people take drugs at least one time per year. 4,9% of the world`s population between fifteen and sixty for years old. (ONU report,2009). It is time to wake up.
What can we conclude? It is an absurd to talk about drugs while people are starving in our country, while people are dying murdered, while people are crying because they lost their houses in the storm. We are talking about legalization and what is happening right now it is that corrupt and abused political are sitting on their chair laughing at this situation and lining their pockets with money. Money that should be using investing on the education, invest on the hospitals and on the people's health. Brazil is not ready for this. Legalizing drugs requires a well prepared program. The government should teach children how drugs are bad, invest in security, train good soldiers and create many social programs to after talk about legalization of drugs. We all want to see a good country in the future, where children are well prepared for their future, where they can do their own choices, without being influenced by bad people. What we want to see it is examples in our government, not corrupt people. We want a peaceful country, free from the sorrow of the drugs.
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