Cut off drugs at the source, the dealers, not the users


On March 10, 2013, Jimmie Stella wrote an article titled ”Stop Drug Abuse from the Bottom Up” that expressed his opinion on the topic.

While Stella made some interesting points in his piece, I believe he is not correct in saying that the best way to rectify the situation is to approach the issue from the ”bottom up.” In order to stop drug abuse, drug dealers need to be targeted and brought to justice in order to truly help drug addicts.

Stella states that addicts have their encounter with drugs when they are between the ages of 11 and 15, but people of all ages get addicted to drugs. Without dealers, though, then it would be less likely for anyone to get addicted.

I don’t believe it is fair to single out children as the addicts and dealers because drugs affect many people, not just children. Stella also believes that these kids never had a chance because their parents were most likely drug addicts and/or drug dealer themselves.

On the other hand, every person has free will and can make their own choices; and if we begin to believe that they never had a chance, then it is like we are giving up on the addicts and dealers before we even try to help. Saying that the kids ”never had a chance” is invalid because everyone has the ability to make their own personal choices.

We need to target drug dealers, not the drug addicts. Helping the addicts is still necessary, but there are always going to be more people who the dealers will ”hook” on their drugs, which will cause a never-ending cycle.

Hannah Butler