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“Drug Abusers Need Help”

Sadejah Wells, Staff Writer

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For years, the act of drug abuse has been a debatable subject on whether it’s a true crime or one that should intermittently be omitted in certain cases. In a normal case of drug abuse, a person receives punishment for this act, such as forced rehabilitation or time in prison. although drug abuse is a crime, a person can only be arrested for possession if caught in the act. Lately, researchers have been debating on the harms use of drugs abuse by pregnant women. Studies says that drugs can physically harm the baby if the mother uses it while carrying an unborn child. For example, studies say that women who use marijuana can cause problems, such as increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, and causing the baby to have a lack of oxygen. It can also cause miscarriages, low birth rate,  births, and learning problems. In November, Nikki Cox-Musgrove was sentenced to 15 years in jail for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and exposing her child to her addiction life.She was treated as a criminal instead of a person who is seen as mentally ill and needs treatment. Researchers now feel that this was an unfair act. Studies says that taking a child away from its mother is bad enough. People feel as if instead of jail time as punishment these women need proper help. Today, society uses the act of threating people instead of being more open to wanting to help a person. Studies show that many women won’t come forward for help in fear of   being incarcerated.

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