Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Consequences of Drug Conviction

Is it against the law to suffer with the disease of addiction? Apparently in the United States it is. We as a country have allowed our lawmakers to criminalize those who suffer with addiction so that now they are discriminated when seeking employment. Currently here, West Virginia has no laws regarding the employer use of criminal background checks.

This trickle down affect has even led to discrimination in housing. Now, a criminal record will likely prevent someone from being able to find an apartment or house even though a person has recovered from their drug addiction.

How in the hell can we as a society expect someone who has recovered, to remain in sobriety with so much discrimination?

The stigma will continue as long as we allow it.

If we want to solve our nation’s drug problems, we need to focus less on obtaining convictions and more on preventing addictions. We should be treating people with addictions, not handcuffing them.
The United States is home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners, in part because of the overly harsh...

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