The Drug Issue in Australia Essay

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The Drug Issue in Australia

The drugs issue is a major problem in Australia. A simple solution cannot be found to
solve this great problem because there are so many decisions, thoughts and sacrifices that
need to be made. All sides of the issue must be considered when making such a large
decision. To find a solution, several tests, meetings, interviews and research need to be
made, to name a few. Extreme care is needed when challenging such major issues, all
aspects of the problem need to be considered.

Zajdow describes drug abuse as being a social, legal, health, economic and ethical issue
(1999, p.44). This great problem therefore involves not only one department, but also many
other departments. These include the police, who offer their power and resources, Justice,
who has the resources for jail, Health, which offers treatment programs, and Education
which provides drug education to the community. Without these departments, the issue would
be too complicated for the Government to solve on their own. However, as indicated by
Knowles, these departments were bidding for more funds to strengthen the resources they
provide (2000, p.1).

The drugs issue as a social concern:
There are an estimated 25,000 heroin users in Victoria (Hodder, p.10). This is a very
large amount of people on drugs, in the last 10 years it has been shown to increase and
therefore the drug issue is becoming a major problem to all the people in Victoria.

Some people argue that the drug users aren't the heroin victims. One writer notes, 'The
parents of the user who steals from them, abuses them, physically, emotionally and
mentally, the siblings who suffer the loss of care and love but who also get abused and
used by the user, the kids of the user who learn that the parent's desire for smack is
greater than the desire to be a parent,' are the real heroin victims (Fitzgerald, 2000).
This problem therefore effects not only the user but the society living around them as

The drugs issue as a legal problem:
The Government needs to draw the line somewhere. In Sweden the Government was giving out
free heroin, in order to keep the drugs free from being impure. However, Margaret McKay
(2001) declares that if we follow in same steps, soon we will be giving out not only free
heroin, but also other illegal substances as well. It will then lead to problems with
other drugs as well.

The drugs issue as a health problem:
The drug problem has become a large hassle to the people in Victoria. Syringes are found
all over the place, such as in public toilets, on beaches and in train carriages, to name
a few. Syringes are very dangerous, and are a major threat to society. People and tourists
unwillingly have to deal with watching the drug handling in Melbourne's Central Business

Staff in the CBD are too afraid to work due to annoying drug addicts. Finlay argues that
the users are making the area and the stores unsafe. The drug trade has been occurring
both inside and outside the store premises. This is dangerous to the staff because on
occasions the addicts have fallen asleep or have become violently aggressive.

The drugs issue as an economic problem:
With safe injecting rooms, how could the Government be sure that addicts would be using
these rooms? The money they will be spending needs to be carefully spent, as taxpayers
wouldn't want their money going to waste.

Many retailers are preparing or considering leaving their stores located on Melbourne's
Bourke Street, due to the worsening of heroin trade. (Finlay, 2000) The area is unsafe for
all the people around the city. The way this problem is going, retailers are forced to
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