Note that the bullet points there say nothing of the fact that fewer young people are dying from drug use. What matters is that they're using recreational drugs. A certain subset of the population prefers "people dying" to "people getting high without great harm." A great case in point is the Drug Policy Alliance. Their big critique of the legalization of marijuana is that it would make it easier for more kids to try it.
You'll find that attitude in most of the anti-legalization campaigns. The first page of this drugfreeworkplace.org flier is all about how people use stronger pot more often:
This is in spite of the fact that all the evidence suggests that the legalization of marijuana means fewer fatal overdoses. Legal pot actually makes problems like opioid abuse 25 percent less deadly. But many Americans still rage at the idea of legalization because it means more folks might get high. This attitude is a big part of why states like Ohio and Arizona have failed to legalize yet. They'll surely join the herd one day, but pot seems to be the only currently illicit drug most Americans want licit. A Vox / Morning Consult poll conducted early this March suggests that Americans "overwhelmingly oppose" legalizing or decriminalizing any other drugs.
Literally all the evidence suggests that decriminalization will save lives, but it'll have to wait for an America that doesn't remember "Just Say No." McGruff the Crime Dog was one convincing son of a bitch.
According to a study conducted just now, drug users are 100 percent better at dog-related puns.
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