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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Crack kills, Luna.
    Someone hooked on crack or another dangerous drug needs treatment, not punishment. Punishment should be for those we sell and smuggle the stuff.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    I believe that addictive behaviors come from two main sources: biology and psychology. Those who are addicts because of biology are so because of their brain chemistry, and so can't really be helped, and so require treatment and therapy to manage their addictive behavior. Those who are addicts because of psychology lack healthy coping skills for the stress they feel in life, and so require therapy to learn better coping skills. Considering the kind of fast-paced culture of instant gratification the United States engenders, it's no wonder that we have so many drug addicts.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I believe that addictive behaviors come from two main sources: biology and psychology. Those who are addicts because of biology are so because of their brain chemistry, and so can't really be helped, and so require treatment and therapy to manage their addictive behavior. Those who are addicts because of psychology lack healthy coping skills for the stress they feel in life, and so require therapy to learn better coping skills. Considering the kind of fast-paced culture of instant gratification the United States engenders, it's no wonder that we have so many drug addicts.
    Plus, people just like to get high.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case
    The problem comes in that we have so many restrictive laws regarding "victimless crimes" that essentially the government has made it so that everyone's a criminal.
    I don't buy for a second that these crimes are victimless, they do have victims but that victim is society itself. There are activities which inherently cause harm to society as a whole, the idea that individuality means more than collective society strikes me as inherently ridiculous.

    The fact that lots of people break minor laws on a daily basis doesn't do away with a reason for the laws.
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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Plus, people just like to get high.
    Yeah, and I have no problem with that for the most part as long as people are responsible about it.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Other. They're not criminals for simply doing the drugs or possessing them. They're criminals if they sell them or commit some other illegal act in order to obtain them (other than simply buying).
    Sure they are. If possessing drugs is illegal, than anyone who possesses drugs is a criminal, by definition. Nobody said anything about you *LIKING* that fact, just that it's true.
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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Sure they are. If possessing drugs is illegal, than anyone who possesses drugs is a criminal, by definition. Nobody said anything about you *LIKING* that fact, just that it's true.
    There was a typo in my post. I meant to say at the end:

    Note: I'm referring to how I believe the [law] SHOULD be, not how it is.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Plus, people just like to get high.
    It starts out that way. Then they end up getting addicted.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    It starts out that way. Then they end up getting addicted.
    If what they are taking is addictive.

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    Re: Do You Think Drug Addicts Are Criminals?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    If what they are taking is addictive.
    A person can become psychologically addicted to anything. However, the chemically addictive substances like heroin are by far the most addictive.

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