Today’s Meth Laws are ever more harsh,do they help stem the tide or prevent any chance of successful recovery?
The laws pertaining to meth are increasingly harsh and apparently going to get worse. Considering the fact that one in every three people use/have used meth,it seems that society would realize that incarceration/imprisonment are not viable answers to the problem.
Most of the general public do not realize that simply possessing meth is a felony. So the “powers that be” think someone possessing meth should not have the right to vote or to bear firearms or to obtain a descent job.I am not by any means advocating the use of any illegal or legal substance that is habit forming. Nor am i saying the laws for distributing these substances should be lessened. Its just incredible to me that society today has become so pompous that it has no patience or empathy.
Eventually these laws and penalties will change or the impact on our economy and society as a whole will be dramatic. Nearly a whole generation of people will be pushed to the side or hidden in prisons and jails,preventing them from contributing to society in any way. This will have numerous detrimental effects on everyone in our society. It has already begun. These people need help not prison time. Remember “one-out-of -three”statistically use or have used meth.
A person that is addicted to meth stops producing dopamine,which is the chemical responsible for feelings of “well being”. When we complete a task or win at a game or sport, the feeling we get is an increased release of dopamine by neurotransmitters in the brain. Actually this substance is released in small amounts regularly to maintain a level of “normal outlook on life”and”drive or motivation”. When the user stops taking meth and nothing is there to stimulate dopamine release they are slammed into a state of depression ,feeling of hopelessness,no ambition,and fatigue. Compounding this with being labeled a felon,which means the inability to get a good job and stereotype from that point forward,causes most users to face what seems to be an unscalable wall. Understandably so. That in turn results in a very low rate of recovery from a disease that is already ravaging homes and families and leaving children in the care of their grand-parents or the state or homeless.This then leads to a broken home situation that increases the number of new drug abusers for the future.Viscous circle effect.
For an already strained economic system this is another huge straw that is laid on the Camel’s back. The cost for incarceration,processing,and housing the user,then parole and probation,along with children becoming the ward of the states and loss of productivity is costing this country billions per year. This alone will prove that a better system for dealing with this epidemic must be found.Keep in mind that meth crosses all boundaries and has no prevalence in any race or nationality.Actually the more motivated,entrepreneurial professional sector of our society are more at risk to try meth due to it’s initial effect of focused concentration and extended levels of energy allowing for increased productivity. In the long term this means the loss of pioneers in business growth and technological advancement and civil leadership for a society that is falling behind the world standard already.
This country is facing many hurdles in the path ahead and if this epidemic is not at least brought into check, I fear, will in the end be one of the worst problems modern man has seen.