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March-April 2019 NSDA Lincoln-Douglas: Drug Treatment

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its March-April 2019 NSDA Lincoln- Douglas resources on drug treatment!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on February 1, 2019, is:

Resolved: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.

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Drug Treatment Index

META

  • ADDICTION IS COMPLEX AND REQUIRES A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION

AFFIRMATIVE

  • ADDICTION IS A DISEASE
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: BEST LONG-TERM SOLUTION
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: COST EFFECTIVE
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: EXPERTS AGREE
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: “TOUGH ON CRIME” ADVOCATES AGREE 
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: TOBACCO PROVES 
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: SWITZERLAND PROVES 
  • PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH BEST: INCREASES INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM 
  • MEDICAL INTERVENTION WORKS: GENERAL 
  • MEDICAL INTERVENTION WORKS: THERAPY NECESSARY TO BREAK CYCLE OF ADDICTION 
  • MEDICAL INTERVENTION WORKS: CONTINUUM OF CARE REQUIRED TO BREAK ADDICTION 
  • MEDICAL INTERVENTION WORKS: DECREASES RECIDIVISM 
  • MEDICAL INTERVENTION BEST: MORE VALUE FOR THE DOLLAR 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: DOESN’T FIX THE ADDICTION 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: CREATES RACIAL DISPARITIES 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: CREATES INCOME DISPARITIES 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: = CRIME/ORGANIZED CRIME 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: NEEDLESSLY FILLINGS PRISONS 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: ACTUALLY TRADES OFF WITH TREATMENT 
  • CJS APPROACH BAD: MANDATORY MINIMUMS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE 
  • WAR ON DRUGS BAD: HAS MADE THE PROBLEM WORSE 
  • WAR ON DRUGS BAD: PUBLIC IS AGAINST 
  • WAR ON DRUGS BAD: EXPENSIVE 
  • WAR ON DRUGS BAD: MILITARISTIC APPROACH TO DRUGS ISN’T JUSTIFIED 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: STILL CJS-BASED 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: THREAT OF THE CJS NOT NEEDED FOR TREATMENT 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: INEFFECTIVE 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: EXPENSIVE 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: IGNORE COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION OPTIONS 
  • DRUG COURTS BAD: CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES 4
  • LEGALIZATION BEST: TAKES CRIME OUT OF THE DRUG TRADE 
  • LEGALIZATION BEST: ALLOWS A FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS, NOT PUNISHMENT 
  • LEGALIZATION BEST: INCREASES RIGHTS/FREEDOM 
  • A/T: PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH = LEGALIZATION 
  • A/T: DRUG DEALERS MUST BE PUNISHED 

NEGATIVE 

  • BALANCE: BEST APPROACH IS A MIX OF BOTH 
  • BALANCE: EVEN ADVOCATES FOR THE HEALTH APPROACH REALIZE THE NEED FOR ENFORCEMENT 
  • BALANCE/DRUG COURTS: EFFECTIVE 
  • BALANCE/DRUG COURTS: TREATMENT WORKS IN THE CJS 
  • BALANCE/DRUG COURTS: COMMUNITY SUPPORTS 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: GENERAL 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: COURTS HAVE EVOLVED INTO “PROBLEM-SOLVING” ENTITIES 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: “TOUGH” POLICIES EFFECTIVE 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: COURTS HAVE USED A BLEND OF TREATMENT AND PUNISHMENT TO DECREASE DRUG USE 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: DRUG CRIME ARE MORE THAN SIMPLE POSSESSION 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: MUST PUNISH DRUG DEALERS 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: MUST MAKE USERS INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE 
  • CJS APPROACH EFFECTIVE: MINIMUM SENTENCES GOOD 
  • ABANDONING CJS BAD: STAKES ARE TOO HIGH 
  • WAR ON DRUGS BEST: SUPPLY IS THE CORE PROBLEM 
  • WAR ON DRUGS EFFECTIVE: WHEN FUNDED 
  • WAR ON DRUGS EFFECTIVE: WOD DECREASED DRUG AVAILABILITY 
  • WAR ON DRUGS EFFECTIVE: HAS DECREASED THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS IN CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA 
  • WAR ON DRUGS EFFECTIVE: CRITICISM BASED ON MYTHS 
  • PUBLIC HEALTH MODELS BAD: INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES ARE SUSPECT 
  • PUBLIC HEALTH MODELS BAD: HARM REDUCTION IS A GATEWAY TO LEGALIZATION 
  • LEGALIZATION BAD: INEFFECTIVE AT DECREASING DRUG USE 
  • LEGALIZATION BAD: WILL END IN DISASTER 
  • LEGALIZATION BAD: WILL NOT DECREASE VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA 
  • LEGALIZATION BAD: DOESN’T IMPACT CRIME/ORGANIZED CRIME 
  • A/T: PRISONS ARE FILLED WITH DRUG USERS, NOT DEALERS 
  • A/T: DRUG CRIMES ARE VICTIMLESS 
  • A/T: DRUGS = CRIME 
  • A/T: ALCOHOL PROHIBITION PROVES PUBLIC HEALTH IS BETTER 
  • A/T: MANDATORY MINIMUMS BAD 

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