Legal and illegal drugs are used on a daily basis all over the world. Currently, drugs remain ranked high on the lists of concerns of Americans and are still considered one of the major problems facing our country today. We see stories almost everyday on the news about people being killed in the streets daily over drugs. To most people, drugs are only an inner-city problem, but in reality they affect all of us, people who use and people who don’t use. I believe that the negative effects we associate with drugs would be greatly reduced if the United States adopted a policy towards the total decriminalization of marijuana. The current drug policy of our government is obviously failing. Drug laws create corruption, violence, increased street crime, …show more content…
More serious drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, meth, and heroin, interfere with the brain’s use of dopamine in manners that can seriously alter a person 's behavior. A drug’s ability to affect the neural systems related to dopamine production is now the defining characteristic of drugs that have a serious abuse potential. The main fear about marijuana in today’s time is that its effects are somehow similar to the dangerous, addictive effects of opiates such as heroin and morphine. Marijuana will interfere with the receiving of sensory to the cerebral cortex. Recent research in animals has also suggested that long-term use of marijuana can produce changes in the limbic system that are similar to those that occur after long-term use of other major drugs of abuse such as alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. These changes are most evident when going through withdrawal from THC. During withdrawal, there are increases in the levels of a brain chemicals involved in stress and certain emotions. These same kinds of changes also occur during withdrawal from other drugs of abuse, suggesting there could be a common factor in the development of drug
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I think some of the drug laws that are enforced are ridiculous, for instance in the move that we watched in class stated that people are receiving mandatory life sentences. In someone cases because of the drug laws a person can’t get below a 20year sentencing. I agree with you, the system is not fair at all. If you are caught with drugs, no matter the form or type the rules need to be the same for everyone. I think that goes back to the war on drugs, and how because this was not happening it became a drug war (destruction of human life).
Since marijuana was legalized there have been dramatic results. States that allow the use of marijuana have increased the public’s awareness of the drug’s effects. After an increase in public awarness, many people are setting the drug aside due to long-term effects. If other drugs were made legal in the United States and their long-term and short-term effects were taught, it is very likely that there would be a decrease in their use. People are less inclined to get hooked onto drugs when they realize it could kill them.
The main issue when it comes to drugs in the United States is the inefficient policies and sentencing laws that have been created. Also, the injustices within these policies pertaining primarily to race. Once the “war on drugs” was claimed the only way the government and law enforcement saw fit to handling this skyrocketing issue was to incarcerate offenders. Although this solution worked for a while, other alternatives needed to be made. However, these alternatives were not made and this left the drug policies, sentencing laws, and injustices at a standstill.
The financial costs of illicit drug use can be roughly measured by how much the government spend on law enforcement and the loss of human productivity. Globally the world spends $100 billion annually on law enforcement aimed in an effort to enforce, prevent, treat, and reduce harm caused by illegal drugs. Despite all the money spent on the interdiction of illegal drugs, drug markets continue to rise and expand. Law enforcement provides very poor value for money that should instead be allocated for education, public infrastructure or in the form of lower taxes. Additionally, drug use causes loss in human productivity which is bad for the economy.
In the world today people use illegal and prescription drugs regularly day in and day out. People lose their families, their houses and can lose their lives. Abusing drugs, prescription or illegal, can and more then likely will kill a person. Getting drugs these days is as easy as going to the store and buying a gallon of milk. One can literally walk two blocks down the road and get any and every drug they need or want, and very cheap at that.
In today’s society, pharmaceutical drugs have become an integral part of our daily lives. They are being used for a variety of things that include getting rid of headaches, mood stabilizer, hormonal regulation, treating our livestock and even antidepressants. The use of pharmaceutical drugs has been increasing dramatically, and is constantly being improperly disposed. As a result, the waters are being contaminated, which in turn leads to both public health and environmental hazards. These hazards are not only bad for our health, but create a large economic burden for society.
Love Struck What comes to mind when we think of addiction? Drugs, because we have been taught to connect addiction with drug abuse. In a hospital they see addiction every day. It 's crazy, how many kinds of addiction exist. It would be too predictable if it was just alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.
Continued use of a drug has been shown to change the way are brain operates on a chemical level. Pleasure centers are altered requiring constant use of the drug to feel normal. Many studies have been carried out using brain imaging methods to prove that areas of the brain that control judgement and behavior are affected by continued substance abuse or addiction. It has also shown that depending on are biological make up we could be more at risk. A person gender or ethnicity factors into the risk.
In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2016 Gallup survey, a record high 60% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 9% increase compared to 2014. Support for legalizing marijuana was 31% in 2000, 50% in 2016 before reaching 60% last year. This shows that despite government efforts to eliminate its use, marijuana is becoming more popular. It is clear that
The endocannabinoid system with its complex actions in our immune system, immune system and the body’s entire organ, is a bridge between body and mind. Furthermore, the cannabinoids not only regulate our internal and cellular homeostasis but it is also influences an individual relationship with their external environment. Socially, cannabinoids alter human behavior, often promoting sharing, creativity and humour (TruthOnPot.com,
Leaves of coca plants are utilized to produce the drug Cocaine, a substance which stimulates the central nervous system and suppresses ones appetite. Due to countless cases of addiction and dependence of individuals on the drug, many countries have prohibited and banned the possession, cultivation, and distribution of the drug. Despite heavy sentences and punishments await those who are caught violating drug laws prohibiting cocaine, it is still one of the most widely used substances in the world today, hence gaining notoriety and a status of infamy. The drug, being a stimulant, imitates the actions of chemicals the brain makes, forwarding pleasure messages to the reward center of the brain. Similar to other substances such as adrenalin, Cocaine leads to an increase in one's heart rate, blood pressure as well as the rate at which one breathes.
Another hallucinogen drug is marijuana leading the individual to feel relaxed yet it results in paranoia as well as delusions when the body is exposed to higher doses and the body is unable to compensate. Marijuana leads to short-term learning problems and memory processing. The drugs take a toll on the body such as blurred vision, loss of coordination, numbness, yet it also may cause a sense of relaxation for the person as well as a sense of highness. The individual may suffer from flashbacks as a result from the use of other drugs and extreme amounts of stress. In medical research, doctors such as Dr. Martin took a hallucinogen.
Although some people think the “tough on crime” approach is the best way to deal with drug problems, the truth is decriminalizing drugs is the best approach. With decriminalization, the negative effects of current drug policy can be lessened. Drug policy has