Addiction Help In Mexico Could Reduce U.S. Drug Problem
While those living in the U.S. may be primarily concerned with drug problems in our own country, what’s going on with our neighbors also affects us. If people in Mexico, for example, don’t get the addiction help they need, the production of drugs stays high to keep up with the demand and some (a lot!) of those drugs filter over the the U.S. However, a new law in Mexico now offers addiction help to those who are caught with drugs.
Felipe Calderone, Mexico’s president, is also offering a little more incentive – either you get addiction help or you go to prison for 3 1/2 years. I don’t think that’s a bad idea. Someone in the U.S. who’s caught with marijuana, heroin, or any other drug, if they do wind up in prison, is likely to be there for a matter of months. Not years. The threat of 3 1/2 years in prison might be more of a deterrent.
I don’t like seeing most people go to prison – prison is not a safe place, doesn’t rehabilitate anyone and, in fact, often just teaches the criminal tricks of the trade. When prisoners leave they frequently go back to a life of crime and, eventually, wind up back in prison.
On the other hand, the threat of a full 3 1/2 years may even be enough to motivate addicts to get addiction help without even being caught.
Being on drugs, and being in a drug-infested environment, is dangerous. Some may wind up before a judge and get drug rehab. But many others will not – their lives and the lives of their family will be ruined and the addict will never get help.
A lot of drug addicts eventually turn to crime; often it’s just to support their habit. Don’t let things escalate to criminal activity – if you know someone who has a drug problem, get them the addiction help services they need now.