Should drugs be decriminalized?

I stumbled upon an article a few classmates of mine posted in our Facebook group. The article in question is about Portugal decriminalizing drugs in 2001 in order to stop the extreme rise in heroin use.

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When it will become substance abuse?

I first started to think what substance abuse is and what my own idea of it is? What first comes to mind when thinking of substance abuse are drugs, but of course it can also be many other things. Constant use of substance in a harmful manner that negatively affects your mental, physical or social life is a simple definition of substance abuse. But when do you become a substance abuser and not just a person who is using some substance? When will it become a problem and harmful to you? I think its use becomes harmful when it starts to have an effect on your everyday life and has an impact on your personal relationships.  Although, broad range of substance abuse in today’s society is not that simple.

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What is Substance Abuse and Addiction About?

A junkie. Someone, who lives for doing drugs. Indifferent. Uncontrollable and reckless. Steals, lies, cheats. Scary, aggressive, dangerous. Pathetic, miserable. Dirty. Hopeless.

These are images that may pop up, when we think of a junkie. How does someone become a junkie? When I was a teenager, in the 90’s, a police officer visited our school to give us a lecture about drug abuse. He showed us what hasch looked like and his main message was: don’t try drugs, because if you do, you’ll get hooked. As many of us experienced during the upcoming years, for ourselves or through friends and family, this isn’t necessarily how it works.

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Introduction

Hello everyone, and welcome to our blog to follow our journey as we explore substance abuse issues. We are four Social Service students from Laurea Tikkurila campus. In this blog, we want to open up, discuss, and voice our own opinions and hopefully raise topical issues, related to substance abuse problems and their treatment and prevention.

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This winter we will also carry out a project relating on substance abuse, which will hopefully also give us more insights and new perspectives on substance abuse treatment and problems.