First and foremost preventative measures should be used to reduce future misuse of addictive substances including tobacco, alcohol and all chemical substances both prescribed and illegal.

Already from primary school level and continuing throughout secondary education, information should be part of the school carriculum. This can be implemented by using modern media methods which children are already familiar with. There should also be two-way communication using persons with a previous history of addiction.

Secondly, the so-called war on drugs is not working. Addicts are treated as criminals and given fines and jail sentances. Both the aforementioned actually add to the problem as addicts cannot pay their fines and prison does not cure addiction. More treatment centers for addicts and shorter waiting times for treatment are needed. Adults in prison should be offered treatment with incentives of shorter sentences if they complete a minimum period of treatment. De-criminalising of addicts in possession of sustances for personal use. Addiction should be seen as a health problem and addicts defined as patients not criminals.

Why the contribution is important

Addiction has a hugely negative effect on the addicts themselves but also whole families. Alcohol misuse is Scotland's greatest addiction problem and should receive much more attention. Shorter licensing hours are needed regardless of the howls of protest from the licensing trade who profit from others' misery.

Because the current attitude of criminalising addicts and the sustances they use is not reducing the problem we must have a radical shake-up in our attitude to addiction.

Prevention is the key-word and education the tool for reducing future addiction.

by LeezieLindsay44 on November 17, 2015 at 07:57PM

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