In the criminal justice system, drug offenses are one of the crimes that polarizes people in an instant. While some believe that higher punishments are the only way to prevent drug use in the population, others believe that rehabilitation and treatment is the only sustainable solution to the drug problem.
Those in favor of higher punishments believe that they will deter most people from committing drug offenses.
Those wanting more opportunities for rehabilitation and treatment believe that helping people overcome addiction, which is seen as the root of many repeat drug offenders, is a sustainable way to stop most from committing drug offenses.
What do you think, should drug offenses carry a higher punishment?