People willing to put drugs in their bodies generally know the risks. Dealers are only providing to a market that is already present in society. If drugs weren't prohibited, they could be better regulated and people would be able to buy them in a safer, government run facility and know what they are actually getting as opposed to relying on the black market for drugs comprised of violent gangs and dealers, where the risks are much greater. Prohibition causes problems and further harm. Besides, legal drugs prescribed by doctors such as oxycontin, do more harm than street drugs. Most street drug related deaths are caused by other factors, not the actual drugs themselves. The legalization of drugs would put drug dealers out of business, reduce prison overcrowding, unclog the courts, and lessen drug distribution crimes because these activities would become lawful. The cost of drugs would be reduced and addicts would commit fewer crimes to pay for their habits. Drugs are no worse than alcohol or everyday prescriptions drugs. The gov't should not be allowed to control what people wish to put into their own body. The cost of drugs would be drastically less than what dealers sell them for if they were sold and controlled by the gov't. There would be no need to rob and steal for cash as the drugs would be inexpensive.
If you do not know the severely negative affects that prohibition has on society then you should not be trying to make an arguement that has no merit. The war on drugs will never suceed because it is pointless. Alcohol is far worse than most of the drugs on the street an yet it is gov't controlled. There is no reason why these drugs should not fall under the same category.
There are already opiates in prescription drugs. Drugs such as heroin are just that, opiates.
Also as far as drug "addiction" goes, there is no such thing. There is only the choice to reuse. The same applies to an alcoholic. They are only alcoholics cause they choose to keep drinking, not because they can't go without. Crack heads are crack heads because they choose to be, not because they are addicted. I know several people who have experimented with hard drugs and not one of them ever became "addicted". All of them are good members of society. What they did on their own time was none of the government's business. Prohibition is a violation of our rights.
Put the gangs out of business: Legalize drugs