Usually drug addicts can be spotted by sloppy clothes, unkempt appearance and a stooped posture. My opinion about these people is that they clearly made some wrong decisions in life. I belief drug addicts have a character that is a little naÃ¯ve, lack in discipline, are curious, manipulable and low on social interaction. I cited naÃ¯ve because addicted people say they do not have a problem, but obviously they do. It is clear that not everyone develops problems when using drugs frequently. Maybe these people have high discipline to fight against the crave to use drugs and work on their to do list first, before getting high. Or they are socially wealthy and get positive influence from surroundings, like other distracting activities, and are being alerted when they tend to head into the wrong direction.To tackle drug related problems, the government can make drugs illegal, but that does not seem to solve those problems. An example for this is the reclamation of alcohol that the United States tried to implement in the twenties. They thought this was a good intervention to fight alcoholism and to prevent direct and indirect negative consequences of alcohol use, but unfortunately the opposite was true. A couple of unintended side effects were: due to the reclamation the government received les excise taxes; a growth in the black market and organized crime occurred, which dealt damage to the economy; home distilled liquor can be dangerous because the brewer has a risk of getting intoxicated with toxic substances or byproducts, which can add to the healthcare costs.
In the Netherlands we have a policy called 'het Gedoogbeleid'. This is a very odd policy, first of all because it makes it legal to buy and consume cannabis in the Netherlands while this is illegal in other and surrounding countries. Second, the production of this drug in large amounts is illegal. Civilians are allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants in their own houses. The idea was that these civilians had to work together to provide cannabis for the coffee shops. Obviously this did not work and many big illegal plantations established throughout the country to provide the coffee shops of cannabis. I do not understand why the Dutch make it legal to consume and buy cannabis in the coffee shops, but that it is illegal for those shops to provide themselves with enough cannabis. I think the government and the society can make allot of profit when they adapt the policy