The Economy's Love-Hate Relationship with Drugs

by Nancy T on December 4, 2012 - 10:59pm

Drug use and the distribution of illicit drugs can be directly related to the economy and financial states. As much of a “functionalist” point of view as this may appear, drug distribution does directly influence the economy. The presence of these drugs financially stimulates the economy by both their dealers and how the accumulated money is circulated. The effects of drug usage also require many preventive and reprimanding services which provide careers (such as drug enforcement officers) , another benefitting effect.  Arkes (2011) also states in his article that drug distribution and drug use is more prominent during times of financial instability such as in recessions. This further shows that the circulation of drugs and the cash that follows has a positive effect, financially. On the contrary, it can be argued that the stimulated economy comes at a cost of individuals’ health and an increase in the need for hospital care and rehabilitation centers- services that run heavily on taxpayers’ dollars. Taxes’ going to health care for overdosed cocaine users doesn’t seem like such a good solution to economic stability either. This leaves an open question of whether the presence of drugs benefits the economy more than it harms it or vice versa.  

Citations : 

Arkes, Jeremy. "Recessions And The Participation Of Youth In The Selling And Use Of Illicit Drugs." International Journal Of Drug Policy22.5 (2011): 335-340. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Dec. 2012.

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