Decriminalizing Drugs and Prostitution

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Decriminalizing drugs and prostitutionFor many years, the topic of legalization of drugs and prostitution has been a more and more controversial subject. Millions of dollars are spent annually in the war on drugs and prostitution causing many to doubt if this fight is cost-effective or if an alternative such as legalization would be more realistic than current efforts in drug and prostitution prevention. Opponents' stating that legalization of both industries will increase the availability of their services. This includes raise in health-care costs, drug-related crimes, and increases in various other social, economic, and emotional costs. On the other hand, many supporters argue that it is meaningless to continue to ignore the presence of drugs and prostitution in society. Both sides of the debate are certain with the credibility and effectiveness of their respective arguments, making it essential for society to ask itself whether legalization of two businesses is a realistic alternative to current prohibition or if legalization would result in more negative consequences than positive.

In the United States drugs are prohibited by the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914 that restricts the use of opiates, such as morphine, heroin, and cocaine, to medicinal purposes. The law was designed to prevent casual or non-medical users from obtaining the drugs outside of medical practice. Prohibition was the result of nonpartisan public protest over the negative effects of unrestricted drug use (1). The most significant question related to legalization is how it would affect use and abuse in the United States. Supporters of legalization argue that those who do not use drugs under prohibition will not use under legalization. According to those supporters, the drug market is already oversupplied with a mixture of legal and illegal drugs. They feel that almost every person who now wants to get high already does so, and...