Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society. Addicts not only harm themselves with the side effects of the drugs but they also cause emotional turmoil to those that genuinely care for them. Families are torn apart as addicts find ways and means to get their ‘fix’ while their family members can only watch in horror before calling it quits for their own safety (other just put up with the abuse hoping that they will change.)
Many governments are focused on tackling addiction, preventing drug-related crimes and ultimately protecting their populations . Doctors have come up with a million and one ways to try rehabilitating these addicts to give them a second chance.
In the latest high profile case of drug trafficking in Bali, Indonesia executed eight prisoners by a firing squad. Between them, all were found to have been carrying more than 8.3 kilograms (18 lb) of heroin in plastic bags strapped to their bodies.
Human Right groups came forward in arms to condemn Indonesia’s capital punishment, labelling it as harsh and inhumane. It dominated international headlines for quite a bit.
Looking at our own laws in Singapore, we can’t help but agree about taking a stiff stance towards drug traffickers. Drugs destroy lives and families and these traffickers profit from other’s misery and woe.
Singapore laws against drugs have served us well. Singapore has one of the lowest prevalence of drug abuse worldwide, even though it has not been entirely eliminated. (The Guradian)
Every society strikes its own balance between the rights of the individual and the rights of society. Capital punishment is an integral part of our successful comprehensive anti-drug strategy. Our tough stance against drugs has saved tens of thousands of lives from the drug menace. It is therefore not surprising that the majority of Singaporeans continue to support the death penalty.
We will continue to do so. For the sake of our future.