When someone is addicted to substance they will do anything in their power to obtain it. As a result, many addicts are using dirty needles, are buying unregulated drugs that ultimately cause painful overdose. If drugs become decriminalized, people can have a safer way to detox and use these now illegal substances. It will also lower the disease count like HIV and AIDS.
“Harm reduction is like a lure in fishing. It is the thing we can do to talk to people and tell them there is a way to stop."(Specter). If the government regulated drugs so the users would be healthier we’d see a significant impact in the lowering percentage of overdose caused death.