looking at drugs being a problem is tackling the symptom instead of the cause.
believe it or not, drugs can be used recreationally with sensibility and moderation with no harm and possibly a boost in creativity and general positivity. drugs get a very bad press because extreme stories of crack binging aids riddled junkies killing people and robbing banks sells media time. its useful for politicians to lump drugs in with scummy bastards. i have known an elderly doctor, a very respected man with many professional publications and a perfect history..been injecting morphine for 40 years or more. once during a meeting at the home of a respected chartered accountant i noticed tucked under a shelf a very well used crack pipe.
i myself smoked pot for years and liked the occasional mushroom trip, but stopped many years ago (cigarettes as well) with zero problems. just didn't fancy it anymore. all that time i held down good responsible jobs and managed my finances well. never mugged anyone.
many people enjoy a beer without going blackout drunk and doing who knows what.
what causes people to indulge in excess? most often it is a miserable life with no prospects and no escape. this can be circumstantial, or more often the product of a dull and unimaginative mind. i truly pity these people, however i do not excuse them.
i like to think of myself as an idealist and i would like a world where people could be equal and live in harmony, but realism brings the conclusion that dull minds that cannot safely occupy themselves must be occupied by work, and as dull minds find it a challenge to seek and engage in such activity, the government/elders/etc must step in to provide this framework.
the soviet countries had zero unemployment and a very high level of personal safety (except from the secret police) and people could let the children play out until dark without fear. in england the old labour exchange system made it easy to walk in and take a card, walk down to a job and introduce yourself, in america there was a time when there was not enough labour to fill positions.
now finding a job is difficult even for the well qualified professional. many jobs have been automated and instead of the 60s promise (from america AND ussr) that this would free up time for leisure and a 3 day week, it simply led to more unemployment, lower wages, and higher crime. all the savings in time and money went to the financiers instead.
yes the government must TAKE those ghetto rats, drug fiends, criminals, dullards, and set them to work away from urban centres. clean up the cities and make them livable again. put the 'proletariat' to work on organic farms (hipsters have no idea how many weeds need pulling when you stop using roundup) make them useful, and TIRED at the end of the day. feed them in a giant canteen because they don't know how to cook a real meal. follow the jewish kibbutz/moshavim model because it is very efficient. unskilled labour into profit, environmentally sound etc. ticks all the boxes.
corporations should have a responsibility to the workers, let them have good wages, lower hours, the company will be rewarded by staff with good morale who really want to stay working for that employer. a few corperations are starting to try that model and it is working out for them. the other option of bad conditions/high staff turnover leads to unmotivated staff, and high training costs with generally ignorant workforce who with try to recoup some wages by stealing office supplies.
a well oiled social machine does away with drug addiction and poverty by treating the cause: boredom