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Toluna

  25 months ago

Drug use - is it a criminal issue?
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New Zealand passed the Misuse of Drugs Amendment into law last month, which gives police discretion to take a health-centred approach rather than prosecuting those in possession of drugs such as methamphetamine, heroine and cocaine. This amendment has been hailed as a “a massive leap” towards treating drug use as a health issue, however critics argue that it would essentially decriminalise the possession of class A drugs.

When police find someone in possession of an illicit drug for personal use, the amendment requires them to consider whether prosecution is required or whether a health-centred approach would be more beneficial. Currently thousands of people continue to be convicted each year for minor drug use or possession, and these criminal convictions come at considerable costs to the criminal justice system and taxpayer. In addition, sentencing drug users does little to help or rehabilitate them. It's believed that this new law will result in treatment and other forms of support that change the offenders lives in positive ways, while freeing up the courts and police to focus on more serious drug-related offences and other crimes.

Do you think this is the right approach for drug reform, or is a hard-line "war on drugs" more effective? Should drug use be considered as social and health issue rather than a criminal issue?

Let us know your thoughts on this.
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Sazzum

  25 months ago
This is great new. Drug addiction is psychiatric disorder, defined in the DSM by medical practicioners. Criminalising drug use has not been found to reduce rates of addiction, or to save the state any money. Harm reduction measures are much more effective. Just look at countries like The Netherlands!
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terryteo58

  25 months ago
Looks like the drug cartels have managed to buy their way into the legal system. They must be raking it in.
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marjannajones4

  25 months ago
It is alarming the number of people taking drugs. It is a sickness. A hard line is necessary to try to help these people and young teenagers should be shown the effect of drugs in face to face situations in an effort to stop them taking them.
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Taradevi

  25 months ago
The drug is a horrible thing. People should stay away from these disgusting things. If people feel depressed and feel lonely while they can practice yoga, meditation and read motivational books and do some exercise. Don't be ever to rely on drugs.
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bhotton3

  25 months ago
There are tons of good people addicted and stuck on these terrible drugs, to give up on them and send them to prison, to put them out of sight out of mind still isn't dealing with the problem, these people need mental help
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sitvi815

  25 months ago
Needs tight regulation
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fericit32

  25 months ago
I am scared that these people can kill themselves taking drugs and I do not wish them to die.
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AtaahuaQueen

  25 months ago
It is all of those issues, its criminal because of the harm it does
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newsamoaland

  25 months ago
Its worth a shot. If the other idea failed then try something else.
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amitajamnadas

  25 months ago
Hard-line so far has not worked and it does not discriminate against social users and hard core users. There has to be a better approach and using a health-centered approach may be the first step towards an understanding of the root issues and then working towards solutions
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