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Anthony Stewart

Stigmas effect all of us, and the stigmas attached to drug usage are negative ones. Rather than addressing the issue of addiction, and drug use, the governments policies create a situation where it is ok to stigmatize a whole group of addicted sick people as low-life individuals. Even if your only caught once with a felonious drug possession, which can be anything from heroin to THC oil. You will be subjected to forever punishment. For the rest of your entire life you are no longer trusted around money, medications, children, among other things. You are subjected to harsh treatment from law enforcement based upon the fact that you once, or currently had a substance abuse issue.

The drugs that are heavily stigmatized include any drug that could lead a felony conviction. This is true in the eyes of the employers, along with government courts. Although socially there is a difference, for example heroin consumption is much more heavily stigmatized than use of hashish. In my opinion, this is due to the addictive properties that lie within heroin. This is a tragedy, that should be addressed on a social level. As a person who was addicted to heroin for 7 years, I consider myself an expert on the matter. I lost everything, and eventually became homeless for years before I finally gave it up. In my opinion, I needed help like most people, unlike the treatment I received, which was just jail, and court fees. Thank you

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