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Legalization or Forced Treatment Compare and Contrast Should drugs be medicalized and legalized or is forced treatment the best approach for treating addicts? Alan Dershowitz, the author of "The Case for Medicalizing Heroin," suggests the most effective solution for addiction is legalization of drugs. Dr. Sally Satel who wrote "For Addicts, Force is the Best Medicine" believes the best remedy for treating addicts is to force them into treatment. The solution Dershowitz proposes does not put a stop to addiction, it simply provides a safer way for addicts to get drugs, however, Satel's solution attempts to put an end to addiction by treating addicts.

Dershowitz states that since we cannot eliminate the usage of drugs or the demand, we should make it legal through a medical process, consequently that would solve other problems which are harbored and raised by addicts. Satel argues that if forced into treatment especially at an early stage, the addicts can solve their problem once and for all.

Instead of helping an addict obtain more drugs, Satel proposes that addicts be sent to treatment and therapy.

Legalization of drugs will eliminate many problems such as stealing, violent crime, suicide, spread of Aids, injury and damage to innocent people. Alan argues that laws do not stop addicts, He states, "He will get his fix by hook or crook, or by knife or by gun, regardless of the risk." Since an addict will go through any means to get drugs then it would reduce other crimes by allowing him to go to a hospital. This way he could get the correct dosage from the doctor. Through legalization he will be under control, and will not commit a crime to satisfy his needs for drugs.

Then again, Satel argues that if we take control of addicts, either by...