Impacts and Decriminalization Issues of Illegal Drugs in Taiwan
The impacts of illegal drug use have exerted substantial public concern, however, the prevalence and influences are unclear. Furthermore, the decriminalization for cannabis use in Canada and part states of USA have produced influences on many countries, such legislation is applicable to Taiwan or not requires further discussion. In response to the issues, the paper examines the current prevalence of illegal drugs through official reports and self-reported studies conducted in Taiwan. At the same time, a preliminary comparison for countries across the world is conducted. Secondly, the paper introduces the potential impacts of illegal drug uses by scientific and clinical practice. The paper further examines the penalty for drug use in major countries in the European and East/South area. The paper further discusses the issues/ debates between decriminalization and criminalization for drug uses in different countries. Finally, the study attempts to propose adequate drug policy for illegal drug use in Taiwan.