Some would argue that people who are addicted to
should go to jail because they have broken the law, while others say that they are sick and should be taken care of in the hospital. While sentencing them to a term in prison is the quick and easy solution, I believe that it is better to be compassionate and help them get better in hospital.
On the one hand, custodial sentences provide a short-term solution to the
problem. By locking up
the government can take them off the street and they believe that
will stop them
causing any harm to others.
, in the United
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someone caught with even a small amount of heroin is likely to be locked up for at least a year.
, I believe that
does not solve the actual problem because drug
can gain access to
while in prison and will be still hooked upon release.
On the other hand
, helping drug
kick their habit under medical supervision is thought to reduce the number of
in the long term. By treating addiction as a disease and the person with compassion, the root cause can be addressed and that person can eventually become free from
, in Switzerland heroin
are given free heroin by doctors until they are ready to stop using the drug and
has resulted in drug-related crime falling by 80%. I believe
method is preferable because addiction is a disease and it benefits both the individual and society as a whole.
in jail might get them off the streets for a few years, it does not treat the actual problem and
why it is more important to help them get off
in a medical facility.