The Paradox of the War on Drugs

The international conversation around ending the war on drugs has been going on for decades, yet a clear unravelment has not been found so far. However, what if i told you, that a policy as paradoxical as decriminalizing drug use, is universally praised for it´s effectiveness in response to defeating the drug war?

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Lives Left Ungrievable

-The concerning rise in drug deaths-

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In an era where retrieving drugs can be more or less, as simple as an order from the internet, a delivery to your doorstep like pizza, getting your hands on drugs is easier than ever.

Considering even this revelation alone, the boost in drug-related deaths might not come as a big shocker to you.

Even so, drug-related deaths are often invisible in the eyes of the society, due to the heavily criminalized and stigmatized image that drug abusers carry. Yet, as the peek in death numbers remains a worrisome occurrence, this matter can not be overlooked. As a future social services worker myself, i cannot help but ponder on this issue.

That brings me here, assembling questions such as what stands behind these booming death numbers ,who do they include and ultimately, is there something that can be done to diminish the severity of this dispute?

In light of reinforcing inclusion, here´s hoping that by bringing forward this incidence i will be able to raise awareness, increase empathy and thus, humanize drug abusers.

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When a loved one uses

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There is a lot of judgement and shame connected to substance abuse. Substance abuse and addiction affects not only the users themselves but their loved one’s as well. It’s hard to admit or talk about addiction, whether in a past or present sense. It’s equally hard to talk about the problems of substance abuse of a loved one.

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