Current approaches and controversies: legalization and non-legalization of drugs

  • Ailén Galano Estevez Universidad de Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
  • Ana Hortensia Rodríguez Espinosa Villa Colibrí Therapeutic Community, Santiago, Cuba
  • Dilka Leyva Rodríguez Universidad de Oriente, Santiago, Cuba
  • Thalia Fuentes Leyva Universidad Técnica de Manabí, Portoviejo, Ecuador
Keywords: legalization, illegalization, drugs


When a critical analysis to date has made of, the historical aspects related to the topic of drugs, we could distinguish the existence of contrary positions regarding the possibility of legalizing them or not legalizing them. This dilemma is a very topical and important issue since opting for one position or another has economic, political and social implications that are necessary to keep track of. Therefore, the present study aims to; evaluate the advantages and disadvantages that would imply the legalization and non-legalization of drugs. Scientific journals from five years ago have consulted to date, theses and dissertations on the subject, digital and printed books that appear in libraries. Personal communication has made with researchers in the area of ​​addictions. The main results were that the legalization of drugs is very dangerous for society due to its highly addictive and harmful effects on human beings. Likewise, specialists in addictions affirm that legalization can send the wrong message that consuming marijuana and other illegal drugs does not represent risks, which in turn can generate the wrong perception of safety and promote the promotion of consumption. In conclusion, the legalization would not mean the disappearance of the current drug lords, since prices would fall, but this would have compensated with a higher demand, which would increase the sales-consumption volume.


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How to Cite
Estevez, A. G., Espinosa, A. H. R., Rodríguez, D. L., & Leyva, T. F. (2019). Current approaches and controversies: legalization and non-legalization of drugs. International Journal of Health & Medical Sciences, 2(1), 26-32.