When drugs are cheap and easily available, there is less reason to commit crimes. When holding down a minimum wage job is enough to provide a fix at the end of the day, that job will be an easier path than the stuff addicts have to do now. A heroin habit is just too expensive for most people to be able to afford with their wages, unless you're a celebrity.[*******#000000][FONT=Palatino Linotype]Cocaine was the driving force behind the majority of drug-related violence throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. It was the main target of the federal War on Drugs and was the highest profit drug trade overall. In 1988, the American cocaine market was valued at almost $140 billion dollars, over 2 percent of U.S. GDP. The violence that surrounded its distribution and sale pushed the murder rate to its highest point in America's history (between 8-10 per 100,000 residents from 1981-1991), turned economically impoverished cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Trenton and Gary, Indiana, into international murder capitals, and made America the most violent industrialized nation in the world.
Then in 1994, the crime rate dropped off a cliff. The number of homicides would plummet drastically, dropping almost 50 percent in less than ten years. The same would go for every garden variety of violent crime on down to petty theft. The same year as the sharp decline in crime, cocaine prices hit an all-time low.[/FONT][/COLOR]
It's absolutely not ridiculous - alcoholics and other drug addicts in treatment don't really see much of a difference. The only real differences are the ones that come from the legal status of various substances. Alcoholics have to deal with special challenges because their choice of drug is available everywhere and is intertwined in our culture. Illegal drug addicts have to deal with challenges related to price and distribution system of their chosen drugs. In other respects, addicts are addicts.Comparing Alcoholism to hard drug addiction is ridiculous.
I suspect that legal alcoholism costs us a lot less than attempting to enforce our illegal drug statutes - as well as loss of tax income from the nation's biggest cash crop, for example. You're also assuming that legalization/decriminalization results in more users - which is not something that's been shown to be true.How much is legal alcoholism costing the country? You want to legalize drugs too. Sure. Shoot yourself in one leg, you can still get around. What the hell, shoot the other one too.