Stated that the forty-five-year long war on drugs, that it has been a complete failure only spreading fear, unjust punishment, and an increase in “felons”; citing President Obama’s speech on the war on drugs (The War on Drugs, Dickinson). With fear of LSD becoming more common; the average users
A Columbia University for Writing alum, Brad Tuttle in his article, 21 Incredibly Disturbing Facts About High Prescription Drug Prices published on Time.com addresses the topic of high drug prices and implies that drugs are very overpriced. He supports this claim by stating that, “The price of the life-saving drug Daraprim was jacked up 5,000% overnight last fall by the company that purchased it, Turing Pharmaceuticals, and its hated CEO Martin Shkreli” (Tuttle), then that the prices of “Epi Pens have increased 450% since 2007” (Tuttle). Tuttle’s purpose is to urge the drug companies to lower prices to life-saving drugs in order to make cancer and other diseases more affordable. He adopts a judgmental tone for his audience, the readers of Time
In the article “2 Men Awarded $750,000 for Wrongful Convictions in 1983 Murder” was about two half brothers who were wrongly convicted for a crime they didn’t commit. The men have been awarded with $50,000 a year, up to $750,000 for each of the men. Even though it may seem like a lot at first after attorney’s fees, the cost of living, and family members it’s not a lot. After 31 years in prison, their compensation would be more than double that amount, if they had not been in prison. The men had been convicted for the rape and murder of an 11 year old in 1983, even though there was physical evidence that either of them had been involved.
The video depicting the course of heroin addiction/use in the United States begins by introducing the audience to the late 1960’s in which consisted of a “wave of violence and drug users” (Vox). Strict penalties resulted in the beginning of the “war” on heroin. Despite the spending of 100 billions of dollars over a course of 40 years, efforts seemed to have made little difference in the amount of heroin users. Rockefeller, a resident of the city ranked as one of the highest heroin addiction rates in the ‘70’s, instilled harsh drug laws which influenced other individuals such as John Dunn who sponsored a new law demanding mandatory prison sentences up to life for heroin abusers and sellers in the possession of more than 1 oz. of the drug.
Throughout the last few years a very dangerous drug has burst into mainstream attention, heroin. All throughout the country, there are numerous people suffering from addiction to the drug, and even dying. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is relatively cheap and in many places, easy to find. In many big cities, it seems that almost everyone knows someone who has been on heroin, or a mutual acquaintance of a user. Numerous organizations have their opinions on how to stop the epidemic from spreading before it reaches an even vaster number of people.
Over decades there has been many different case studies on drug addiction. Drugs like opioids have the same high and side effects as a poppy plant. Opioids is a pain reliever and they cost a lot more than drugs. Opioids is like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine. The president thinks the drug addiction and alcohol abuse is an epidemic because there
MDMA also known as Ecstasy, is a synthetic, psychoactive hallucinogen. It creates feelings of increased energy, euphoria, and distortions in sensory and time perception. MDMA was initially popular amongst young adults, but now affects a wider span of users ranging from underaged children to older adults. MDMA is taken orally, usually as a capsule or tablet. It is commonly taken in combination with other drugs and the effects last approximately from 3 to 6 hours.
Is it fair that an African American man is sentenced up to life in prison for possession of drugs when Brock Turner is sentenced to only 14 years, later to be reduced to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious women. The judiciary system are believed to have a high african american incarceration rate as a result of discrimination. At a presidential debate on Martin Luther King Day, President Barack Obama said that “Blacks and whites are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates, and receive very different sentences… for the same crime.” Hillary Clinton said the “disgrace of a criminal-justice system that incarcerates so many more african americans proportionately than whites.” An 18 year old first time offender caught with less than two ounces of cocaine received a 10 year sentence. A 46 year old father of three who sold some of his painkillers to someone he thought was his friend, received a 25 year sentence. In 2006 37.5% of all state and federal prisoners were black.
The M 'Naghten rule is not only found the United States, countries like England share the rule for their insanity defense cases. A case in England shows that this rule is not a credible source. Referring back to Jon Ronson and his TED talk, he shared a case in England where a man faked insanity and was later labeled as a psychopath. A man named Tony beat a man and was originally going to get a 5 year sentence. After talking to a cell mate Tony plead insanity and was taken to Broadmoor Asylum for the criminally Insane, he served 15 years there.
By the late 70s, Acid use had declined even further as many drug users turned to PCP and heroin. While these drugs are still in used all over, a steady decline of LSD use has been seen in recent years. The 1987 National Household Survey of Drug Abuse stated that three percent of students between the ages of twelve and seventeen had used acid at least once in their life. Before Acid made its way out of the lab and was used by hippies, the U.S. government was running top secret tests on hundreds of unsuspecting American civilians and military personnel. In a unclassified material on the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert ops, the MK ULTRA program, which ran from 1953 to 1964, exposes the crazy world of the CIA’s unethical LSD tests.