Drug Use Is Criminal?

November 14, 2014 5:27 PM

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A ray of hope from California voters may do more to break the stigma of drug use and substance use disorder than any medical or advocacy program. In November, California became the first state to take a significant step to decriminalize drug use with the passage of Proposition 47. Within the Proposition 47 bill, Californians voted to change some nonviolent drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors.

Understanding that one is no longer a felon is a first step in reducing the stigma around drug use and substance use disorder. It gives individuals their dignity back and the strength to ask for help if in need of medical care for excess drug and alcohol use. It allows parents to view their children...

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