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Raves And Drugs - Generally people associate raves(Underground Techno parties) with designer drugs like Ecstasy(MDMA), Speed(amphetamine) and other acids like LSD. These drugs are called the Techno Drugs for that reason and most of the time have uplifting and sensatory effects. To understand more clearly the relationship between the raves and these drugs, we first have to understand the philosophy behind the Techno era, and a little about the music. “Techno, can lift the spirit and become a new world of freedom and peace"(D'Vox Magazine The first electronic music Magazine)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1340 words
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Drugs in America - Drugs in America Today in America a lot of young people experiment with illegal drugs. Some people try drugs for recreational purposes, others are addicted to drugs and can't survive without them. Usually it all starts from recreational purposes, and people who can not control their recreation become a drug addicts. There are many different types of drugs, but all drugs are similar in that they change one's understanding of the environment, feelings, senses and mood. Some drugs cause physical addiction, which means that after several tries of the particular drug, the body requires that chemical in order to function....   [tags: Papers] 755 words
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Drugs and Alcohol - Drugs and Alcohol For nearly 85 years, the government has prohibited pscychoactive drugs. American leaders attempted to do the same to alcohol with Prohibition in the 1920?s. In any society, drug use plays a part in the people?s culture. Whether it be a native taking hallucinogens for a religious ceremony, a destitute alcoholic drinking on a city street, or a group of teenagers smoking marijuana, drugs and alcohol have the same effects in any culture. The question of ?why do people use drugs. has been a dilemma which American medical experts and government leaders have fought to answer for years....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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drugs in sports - From the beginning of time sports have been around. It is the competition that everyone loves. The feeling of winning makes many people do anything to achieve it. Even if this means one must cheat to win. Cheating is monitored in professional sports by the use of referees or umpires. With the discovery of many “nutritional” supplements, many new forms of cheating have arisen that cannot be monitored on the field. Many players used and still use steroids to enhance their muscles so they are stronger during game play....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Intentional Afflictions: Why Americans Trust Pharmaceutical Companies - Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Heath Ledger- all are celebrities who died as a result of misused prescription drug consumption. Whether intentional or by accident, prescription drugs are dangerous and need to be prescribed as a last resort, not routinely. The Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy revealed that “in 2004, pharmaceutical firms spent more than $57 billion on marketing in the U.S., roughly twice their expenditure on research and development” (p.462)....   [tags: Drugs]
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Drugs and Decay - Drugs and Decay Drugs and decay; Iran; Iran's losing fight against drugs. (International)(Brief Article) Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2001 Economist Newspaper Ltd. TABOO subjects, Muhammad Khatami has insisted, should be talked about. Before he was elected president in 1997, most Iranians were unaware of their high level of drug addiction. But now, thanks to press reports and unexpectedly lively debate, everyone knows that the country has about 2m opium and heroin addicts, and that the effects are tugging at the social fabric....   [tags: essays papers] 523 words
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DRUGS AND REHAB - When you hear the word drugs, what do you think of first. Most people think of drugs such as cocaine, weed, heroin, and ecstasy; not many people associate alcohol with drugs. Many young people are developing strong drug addictions these days. The amount of teens and young adults using drugs is going down all the time. Although many teens are beginning small, and ending up in a lot of trouble. Cigarettes and beer are just the beginning; eventually if you stay on this path you will move on to bigger things to get the same effects and end up in a rehabilitation centers....   [tags: essays research papers] 1404 words
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War on Drugs - I. Thesis and Literature Summary In our contemporary society, the media constantly bombards us with horror stories about drugs like crack-cocaine. From them, and probably from no other source, we learn that crack is immediately addictive in every case, we learn that it causes corruption, crazed violence, and almost always leads to death. The government tells us that we are busy fighting a war on drugs and so it gives us various iconic models to despise and detest : we learn to stereotype inner-city minorities as being of drug-infested wastelands and we learn to "witchhunt" drug users within our own communities under the belief that they represent moral sin and pure evil....   [tags: Papers Narcotics Drug Society Essays]
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A Pundit’s Solution to Fixing Drug Violence in Mexico - Thomas Friedman, a biweekly column contributor for the New York Times, is a pundit who throughout his career has made some bold claims about controversial issues in the news. Bestement and Gutherson argue that a pundit is merely “one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner”, and that while they may speak convincingly, their skills as pundits lie in “their ability… to learn quickly about the broad contours of a wide range of subjects, and to project confidence and authority in talking about them” (Bestement, Gutherson 2005; 2,3)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalization Of Drugs - Legalization of Drugs The drug connection is one that continues to resist analysis, both because cause and effect are so difficult to distinguish and because the role of the drug- prohibition laws in causing and labeling "drug-related crime" is so often ignored. There are four possible connections between drugs and crime, at least three of which would be much diminished if the drug-prohibition laws were repealed. "First, producing, selling, buying, and consuming strictly controlled and banned substances is itself a crime that occurs billions of times each year in the United States alone" (Lindsmith Center)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1281 words
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Drug Use Among Young People - Drug consumption is a wide spread problem throughout young people in the UK today. Drugs can affect young people’s life in many different ways however, young people are addicted with it so much that it is hard for them to withdraw from it. They do not like to withdraw the usage of drugs because it calms them or makes them energetic. There are three types of drugs with each of its own attraction for young people. More young men than young woman reported using drugs. About 48 per cent of young people aged between10-25 had been using drugs, which are very appalling results....   [tags: Drugs]
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Drugs and Medicine - As our understanding of the chemical basis for biology has grown, we have learned more about how molecules which constitute life. Many scientists are beginning to understand the connections between the physical and psychological matters and the molecules that cause them. As a result, we can now use these new understandings of medicine against any dangerous or unpleasant conditions. For example, depression can be treated with drugs that can revive the brain to its normal level. Many medicines and drugs can change someone's physical and mental conditions, which can improve the risk of sickness and/or death....   [tags: Papers] 954 words
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War On Drugs - Have you ever heard the expression “War on drugs”?. That was first used in 1972 when Richard Nixon described a series of govern-mental programs intended to suppress the consumption of certain recreational drugs. Marijuana was one of them. However the first attack on Marijuana occurred not in 1972 but in1937 when the Marijuana TaxAct was passed. According to Legalizationofmarijuna.com Harry Anslinger (bureau of narcotics commissioner) testified in hearings on The subject that the hemp plant needed to be banned because it had a violent “effect on the degenerate races.” This referred specifically to Mexican immigrants who had entered the country, seeking jobs during The Great Depression....   [tags: essays research papers] 433 words
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Drugs and Alcohol - Drugs and Alcohol “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both.” Recent surveys have conveyed that drug use among teens have declined by more than twenty-three percent over the past five years. Most drug use begins in the preteen and teenage years, these years most crucial in the maturation process. During these years, adolescents are faced with different tasks of discovering their self identity, clarifying their sexual roles, asserting independence, learning to cope with authority, and searching for goals that would give their lives meaning....   [tags: Personal Narrative Drinking] 937 words
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Prevalence of Stimulant Abuse on College Campuses - Examining the prevalence of stimulant misuse and abuse among college students is crucial to understand how widespread this growing problem is. Understanding the extent of stimulant misuse can lead to better education among college students about the dangers of illicit stimulant use and the potential risks and side effects. In studies done at the University of Michigan and the University of Rhode Island, it was found that many students had used prescription stimulants illegally at one point or another in their lifetime, and found access to drugs such as Adderall very easy to obtain....   [tags: Drugs]
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Drug Classes and Their Effects on The Human Body - Have you ever wondered what the real effects of drugs are. There are many types of drugs in our society that are both legal and illegal. Drugs can be classified into many different categories or groups. The main groups of drugs are stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. These groups of drugs are classified by the effects they have both on the body and on the mind. After reading this, you will know what the real affects stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens have on your body. Stimulants are a class of drug that elevate mood, increase feeling of well being and increase energy and alertness....   [tags: Drugs] 1055 words
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The Impact of Illegal Drug Use - The future of the world rests upon teenagers who are coincidently using illegal narcotics, which contain harmful psychological and physical side effects. Young adults do not deal with their problems in a healthy way; instead they turn to drugs as an easy outlet. Drug addictions result in negative surroundings, hurting their loved ones and the people who care the most about them. Narcotics can majorly affect the brain and dull the senses, decreasing mobility, and the psychological well-being. Drug users are an everyday epidemic; people are no longer affected by the repetitive reports of death by overdose (Leinwand)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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One Battle Ground at a Time - “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this”. (Albert Einstein quotes on Hemp). The United States of American is the largest customer of illicit drugs in the entire world. With this comes a problem or war per say on illegal activities that are generated by providing this country and its growing market with the supply that it demands....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized in the United States? - Should Marijuana Be Legalized in the United States of America. In light of recent laws allowing Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, to be prescribed for medicinal purposes, the question has been raised: Should marijuana be legalized in the United States. (“Marijuana”). With recent studies refuting many common anti-marijuana beliefs, international perceptions are increasingly shifting towards the side its supporting legalization. Most scientists agree that the toxicity of marijuana has been exaggerated and does not earn it a place in the same drug category as heroin and other heavy drugs (“Marijuana Is Not Addictive)....   [tags: Drugs]
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Long and Short Term Effects of Ecstasy - The NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE defines the drug Ecstasy (MDMA) as a synthetic, psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. The drugs clinical name is MDMA (3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Psychoactive drugs are considered mind-altering drugs and ecstasy’s chemical structure is similar to other synthetic drugs that are known to cause brain damage. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2009) Although Ecstasy was not made illegal until 1985, most research indicates its original intended use was that of an appetite suppressant, which was developed in 1912 by the German pharmaceutical company Merck....   [tags: Drugs]
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Drug Problem in the UK - Drug consumption is a wide spread problem throughout young people in UK today. Drugs can affect their life in many different ways however, young people are addicted with it so much that it is hard for them to leave it. They do not like to leave drugs because it calms them or can make them energetic. There are three types of drugs which each has an attraction for young people. More young men than young woman reported using drugs. Drug is a substances which can absorbed into body and alter normal bodily function....   [tags: Drugs] 792 words
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Drugs and Sports - Drugs have been a problem in our society for many years. They have been used and abused by many groups, including professional athletes. It is certainly quite common to hear about or read about athletes and drug use. Although drugs have a lengthy history of use by athletes, they have varied effects on the body and different preventions. Much of the world's supply of cocaine is produced in South America. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Incas of Peru chewed coca leaves because they made it possible for them to work in the high mountains of the land for longer periods of time....   [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes] 3854 words
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The Harmful Effects of Drug Use - Additional drugs are now even more obtainable to our adolescents, with amplified encouragement by their peers, and additional behaviors to encourage the sensation of being high into one’s way of thinking. Abusing drugs might be more widespread than people believe. It does not show favoritism, and drug abuse can possibly cause physical and mental imbalances in people even after they have given up this lifestyle. It could pave the way to a stroke, heart attacks, or a person may possibly even fall victim to diseases or STDs....   [tags: Drugs]
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All That Glitters Is Not Gold - Celebrities are not just normal people they are rich and famous and always in the public eye. People know them but do they know them a little too much is the question. They are bombarded by the paparazzi whenever they take a step. They have a privacy issue at their expense; they can not lead normal lives. Celebrities’ indulge in drugs, have privacy issues, and mess up healthy relationships. Drugs are a problem sweeping the entertainment industry and causing many deaths. This quote explains how Charlie Sheen was addicted to drugs and how he lost it all....   [tags: Drugs]
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Marijuanas' Legalization As an Alternative Medicine - According to a 1996 Gallup poll, "73 percent of Americans favored making marjuana available by perscription", but 69 percent did not favor the legalization of its recreational use. (Koch) With this topic continually in the news, it becomes more about its medicinal and therapuetic uses and less about how it is used recreationally. Medical marijuana should be federally legalized to be used as an alternative medicine because it is a better choice than other drugs for pain and nausea, it is more affordable than other medicines and with its change from a Scheduale I to a Scheduale II drug, would fall in the same regulations as a perscription drug....   [tags: Drugs]
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Addiction and the Human Brain - Addiction Man has battled with addiction to drugs as early as 5000 B.C. when the people of Asia Minor were know to use a “joy plant” derived from the poppy seed (Hansen, Venturelli, & Fleckenstein, 2010). It is estimated that the illicit use of drugs and addictions between “medical, economic, criminal, and social impact” costs Americans nearly half a trillion dollars a year. In addition, 100,000 people lose their lives every year due to the illicit use of drugs (Volkow, 2010). Chronic, relapsing, compulsive, urge, and impulse are just a few of the words used to describe the “brain disease” commonly known as addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2011)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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MDMA: The History and Effects of the Drug Known as Ecstasy - Happiness can mean many different things to many different people. A hard worker may define it as completing a difficult task. A hopeless romantic may define it as finding true love. A religious person may define it as achieving a specific level of spirituality. Webster’s definition of happiness is “good fortune; a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” Some synonyms included for happiness are bliss, felicity, joy, and ecstasy. It is therefore obvious how the euphoria-inducing amphetamine relates to its name....   [tags: drugs] 1980 words
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Why We Should Provide Universal Access to Sterile Syringes - Due to legal restrictions placed on obtaining clean syringes, the transmission of blood borne disease is high among injection drug users. Addicts share and reuse needles because they have trouble obtaining sterile syringes needed to consume one per use or per person. In the past, many held the belief that the best option was to deny addicts all access to drug paraphernalia. Some still believe this is the best option despite evidence revealing how injurious this policy is. It is assumed to be beneficial for the addict and for society to deny easy access to drug paraphernalia....   [tags: Drugs]
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The Crack Cocaine Epidemic of the Mid 1980s - “Just Say No!” A statement that takes us deep into yet another decade in the history of the United States which was excited by controversies, social issues, and drug abuse. The topic of this statement is fueled by the growing abuse of cocaine in the mid 1980s. I shall discuss the effects of the crack cocaine epidemic of the mid 1980s from a cultural and social stand point because on that decade this country moved to the rhythms and the pace of this uncanny drug. Cocaine took its told on American society by in the 1980s; it ravaged with every social group, race, class, etc....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Mexican Drug Cartels: Problem of the Past or Indication of the Future? - The Mexican drug war began in the 1960s, with America’s love for illegal drugs fueling the fire. Narco-violence has claimed the lives of thousands of citizens in recent years. Drug cartels have become comparable to Mafia figures, and have resorted to Mafia-style violence to prove to the Mexican government that they remain in control. The violence caused by drug cartels is rumored to lead Mexico to become a failed state. George W. Grayson, regular lecturer at the United States Department of State, has made more than one-hundred and twenty-five research trips to Mexico, and is considered an expert on U.S.-Mexican relations....   [tags: Drugs]
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Is Harm Reduction the Answer to Canada’s Drug Addiction Problem? - Is Harm Reduction the Answer to Canada’s Drug Addiction Problem. Drug and substance abuse is a problem that since time immemorial continues to affect billions of people, families, and communities across the world. Apart from the health risks posed to individuals, drug abuse has dire socio-economic effects as it has huge financial and social burdens on the society. Many families are destroyed, economies ruined while communities are persecuted. Drug abuse also jeopardises the safety of the entire society and poses unwarranted demands on the education system, the law and the social service system and Canada is no exception to this problem....   [tags: Drugs]
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Influence of Medical Marijuana on Employment in California - The issue of medical marijuana has become very controversial at work places. This follows the move by several states to legalize marijuana for medical reasons. As a result, many employers are caught in the quagmire of what they need to do with employees who use drugs such as medical marijuana while at work. A study conducted in 2007 by the Americans for Safe Access revealed that there were about three hundred thousand Americans using marijuana for medical purposes (Schubert 218). In the United States, more than ten states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons....   [tags: Drugs]
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Marijuana : A Plea For Its Legalization - Marijuana is currently one of the many illicit drugs in the United States. This paper aims to disprove the rampant theory of the United States government that Marijuana has a purely recreational use by showing that Marijuana has more benefits not only the user but it could also benefit non users in the grand scheme of things and by showing that the criminalization of Marijuana is harmful to society itself. Medical Cannabis, although opposed by the majority of national governments around the globe, has many well documented medicinal benefits....   [tags: Drugs]
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Why Marijuana Should Not be Legalized - Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana is opposed by a vast majority of American’s and people around the world. Leaders in Marijuana prevention, education, treatment, and law enforcement adamantly oppose the substance, as do many political leaders. However, pro-drug advocacy groups, who support the use of illegal drugs, are making headlines. They are influencing decision making thru legislation and having a significant impact on the national policy debate here in the United States and in other countries....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Use of Illegal Substances To Enhance Performance on the Playing Field - One of the fastest growing conflicts in major league sports is the use of illegal substances to enhance performance on the playing field. Players have forgotten the roots of the sports they compete in and tend to think more about themselves and money rather than their young fans and family who admire them. Questions are being asked, about the testing system and how many athletes are getting away with injecting steroids into their bodies. However, steroids do not seem to be as destructive as previously thought....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Origins and Practice of Methadone Maintenance Treatment: An International Perspective - Introduction Throughout history men and women have been consuming psychotrophic substances for various purposes, including for relaxation, to achieve a state of euphoria, or to alter consciousness in order to find spiritual enlightenment. References to the opium poppy, which has been a major source of these psychotrophic substances, have been discovered in writings as far back as that of the Sumerians in 3300BC (Fernandez 1998:3). Opium has been used in various forms over the centuries for medicinal in addition to recreational purposes....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Adolescent Black Males and Their Entanglement With Crack Cocaine - Adolescent Black Males and Their Entanglement With Crack Cocaine This research proposal will explore the dependent factors that determine why impoverished adolescent Black Males turn to crack cocaine as a means of survival. Survival is defined as, the act of or facts of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances. Generally, Black Adolescent males engage themselves in crack cocaine by way of dealing or trafficking. This study is important because there are many underlying factors that are not studied in regard to why this population turns to crack cocaine as a means of survival....   [tags: Drugs] 2199 words
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In Charge of Our Own Bodies - Alcohol and Marijuana have been used by humans for millennia. These two ancient substances have long shared a confused, often paradoxical, legality. Consumption of both substances, was, or is still grounds for the assessment of harsh penalties upon violators. The Volstead act was enacted in the early nineteen-twenties in an effort to reduce crime. While the Controlled Substances Act was established to control a growing drug problem at the federal level. It is a perplexing paradox that one substance remains harshly criminalized, while the other, which arguably is more dangerous, remains legal....   [tags: Drugs] 1095 words
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The Habits That Hold You - You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit.” This quote by David Ryan shows the level of addiction in some addicts (Ryan 1) Addiction is a serious disease that is incurable in most people, and the numbers of people who are addicts is growing worldwide. An addiction is being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, addictions range from a wide variety of things such as drugs, alcohol, and food addictions....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Differing Methods of Approaching the Marijuana Debate - There are many different uses for marijuana and reasons it should be legalized, or remain illegal. The main argument that always comes about is the possibility of the economic gains that could be brought forth through legalization. The article “Drug Markets: A Classroom Experiment” by Gwendolyn Alexander Tedeschi, Published in The American Economist, takes a look at the economics of illegal drug markets. In the work Tedeschi presents the findings of a classroom experiment on said markets, and gives the necessary information for other economic educators to replicate the experiment....   [tags: Drugs]
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Clandestine Drug Laboratories and the Fire Service - Clandestine labs pose a great risk, to the individuals producing these toxic concoctions they don’t realize how dangerous and volatile these chemical are. These chemicals cause three main types of harm. (1) physical injury from explosions, fires, chemical burns, and toxic fumes. (2) environmental hazards and (3) endangerment of the surrounding area/child endangerment. () The most popular drug produced by clandestine laboratories is methamphetamines. Methampheramines are made from cold medicines, herbal pills and nutritional supplements....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Antibiotic Overuse – Risks in Everyday Life - A couple times a year local and national mass media put the spotlight on problems connected to antibiotic overuse. Some people consider those problems to be real and serious, and others think that the discussed topics are nothing more than new “fashionable” subjects to talk about, distracting people from “real” problems, such as climbing gas prices or war expenses. Meanwhile, antibiotic overuse continues as a common practice among US doctors and agribusinesses for the last 20 years. The practice of antibiotic overuse has put patient’s health at risk, contributed to antibiotic resistance and increased bacterial mutation to a new, stronger level; as well as it hitting the economy with new cost...   [tags: Drugs ]
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Meth Use: A Nation in Crisis - This nation is facing a problem with a powerful stimulant, known as Meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug that is, and a hard to kick. Meth is a huge money making business so the marketing of the drug is not only targeted to adults, but the younger generation as well. Despite the effort with the war on drugs, Law Enforcement is facing a tough battle of controlling the clandestine meth labs, and meth brought to the United States from Mexico. Meth not only hurts the user, but families, and communities as well....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Difficulties that Generation Y Faces - Generation Y has been through an array of difficulties. Drug abuse is one of the issues teens are faced with everyday. Not only narcotic drugs, but also prescription drugs and over the counter medications have been used and abused. Drugs have gotten easier to acquire throughout the years. Generation Y has had many teens be affected by media messages and how they project an image of sex to the viewers. What are the reasons behind drug abuse. People from all walks of life have been victims of drug abuse....   [tags: Drugs]
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The Fight to Legalize Marijuana - The Fight to Legalize Marijuana Marijuana is probably the most recreational and illegal drug in the world. The most significant ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinal, it is commonly referred to it abbreviated form THC. This drug should not be legalized because it would lead to hard core drugs, there would be an increase in obesity, and it affects the heart, lungs and the brain. There are legal, social, and medical reasons that marijuana should not be decriminalized. Some legal reasons that marijuana shouldn’t be decriminalized are it would lead to experimenting with more hard core drugs such as heroin and cocaine....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalizing Marijuana: Help or Hindrance? - There is no denying that there are problems with the marijuana laws currently in place in the United States. Left and right, there are people using marijuana with blatant disregard to the fact that it is, in fact, prohibited. The black market for marijuana is surging out of control. As a result of this, drug-related street crimes have become more prevalent, which, in turn, has increased the number of offenders in prison for those crimes. This is very costly to the United States government. Also, there are personal dangers involved with buying drugs on the black market....   [tags: Drugs]
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Issues and Challenges Facing Generation Y - Issues and Challenges Facing Generation Y Generation Y’s entire foundation seems to be made up of issues and challenges. Each issue is unique and poses a different threat for the generation, some are physical, some are financial and others are environmental threats. Our reliance on mood altering substances and the media are two of the biggest challenges facing Generation Y. However, upon closer examination each individual issue can be linked back to a singular root, low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is a massive piece of our generation....   [tags: Drugs] 1545 words
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Crack: The Decade of American Destruction - In the 1980s, the United States has witnessed a scar that swept many Americans off their feet. The scar consisted of the effect that crack had on Americans in the 1980s. Many Americans believe that drugs are the main thing that is causing many social problems in society. For instance, in 2004, New York Senator Charles Schumer stated, “Twenty years ago, crack was headed east across the United States like a Mack truck out of control, and it slammed New York hard because we just didn't see the warning signs” (n.p)....   [tags: Drugs]
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Steroids and Other Performance Enhancers - The issue over steroids and other performance enhancer drugs has been a recent topic in the sports world. The debate over whether or not to punish those who have been caught using has been a major topic recently, as well as the legalization of these drugs. When arising the question of whether or not to legalize steroids, many positive and negative factors are brought to the table, and in effect could change various aspects of our normal day lives. Anabolic steroids are a class of natural and synthetic hormones that promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of muscle tissue and sometimes bone size and strength....   [tags: Drugs ]
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A Rescue From Self Destruction - Louise Erdrich and James Baldwin wrote two similar short stories in which the stories revolve around brotherly connections. One author wrote about a brother’s struggle with post traumatic stress and the other wrote about a brother and his battle with drug addiction. The main characters, Lyman in “The Red Convertible” and the narrator in “Sonny’s Blues,” attempt to rescue their brothers from self destruction. In both stories the main characters brothers have been remitted into society after returning from their individual battles....   [tags: Drugs] 1076 words
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Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized - Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized Willie Nelson once said, “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” Marijuana has been a plant for longer than any human has been alive. Civilizations have used marijuana for hundreds of years for hundreds of purposes. But ever since the 1970’s when growing or having possession became illegal marijuana has been looked down upon by a majority of people living in the United States....   [tags: Drugs] 877 words
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The Effects of Cocaine Abuse - Cocaine is: a white powder, rock crystal, pure chemical cocaine hydrochloride. Cocaine is a drug, both used medically and illegally, primarily known for its euphoric effects. It essentially affects the physical and mental processes of the body and brain. Cocaine can be a dangerous drug to play with, and the influence of it changes lives. The use of cocaine is potentially taken to receive a “high” effect, which can last for up to fifteen minutes. Cocaine empowers the body to be mentally alert after a single dose, but misuse or abuse of cocaine, or any other drug, can lead to fatal and serious effects....   [tags: drugs]
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Drug Addiction: Pleasure or Pain? - Drug addiction: pleasure or pain. Drug abuse can destroy an innocent life even before a person realizes it. It usually starts out as what is thought to be harmless experimentation or done just as recreational fun, but can become devastating or even life threatening. Even though many people feel they won't get addicted to drugs or that they won't cause any bodily damage after only a few times of use, they are still extremely harmful. Drugs can cause irreversible nerve damage to the brain and brain cells and cause tissue damage as well....   [tags: Drugs] 1412 words
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Legalizing Marijuana Is our Solution - Imagine you are lying in your home, suffering from the side-effects of chemotherapy and all you can do is think about how sick you are and what could possibly keep you from being secluded from life and happiness. Marijuana will prevent side-effects linked to terminal illnesses, does not cause any real harm to a humans well-being, and would increase US revenue due to taxation and also tourism. Well, according to Ed Rosenthal and Steve Kubby of the book Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, from which this viewpoint is excerpted....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Drug Use Among Athletes - What do you know about drugs. Are they bad. If so, why. There is a legal age of using drugs but at some point, there are rules when drugs are not allowed to be used at all. For example, sports, should the athletes use drugs to compete and make themselves stronger. This event has happened to a lot of the professional athletes as well, but most of them have not admitted it. In this article, one baseball player Alex Rodriguez admitted that he was using drugs in the past. He was supposed to be nominated to the next hall of fame but with him and the drugs, does he deserve the hall of fame spot when he cheated himself and everyone....   [tags: Drugs] 689 words
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The Nation's Drug Problem - Nation's Drug Problem (United States) Over the last couple of years, there has been increased concern over the effects of drugs on the health of Americans. This is mainly due to the increased use of drugs by most citizens, which has caused the government to spend a lot of money to curb this problem. One of the most abused drugs is alcohol, and American citizens are increasingly becoming addicted to it. It is also the most undesirable drug, as it costs the government over $200 billion in terms of productivity, health and crime-related costs (Office of National Drug Control Policy 2)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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America's Unjust Drug War - The argument over drug reform and the current prohibition has been going on for years. It seems to be an argument between a wise parent and a young teenager, but as generations change more and more of the parents seem to switch sides. While prohibitionists say the mainstream drugs like cocaine, heroin, LSD, and marijuana are harmful and immoral, legalizers argue the opposite (Rachels 223). While they are both valid and interesting arguments the drugs named above still remain illegal. Many organizations and respected citizens have come to America’s attention in their support for drug reform or complete legalization of certain drugs....   [tags: Drugs]
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Amphetamines: Recreational or Instrumental - Everyone has his or her own opinion about drugs. Recreational drug use is using an illegal drug to get high. Instrumental use can be described when a person uses the same drug to achieve an effect to complete a task. Society has had many different views about drugs, and has changed its view many times throughout history. Today, we are facing a war on drugs, drug cartels, drug abuse, prison overcrowding and many others. All these have roots with drugs. There are always two sides to every story, and I will show that the use of amphetamines is both recreational and instrumental, and using it prescribed, recreationally or instrumental can have less desired effects according to research....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Anabolic Steroid Story - Although most people recognize the term “performance enhancing drugs” as a reference to anabolic steroids, the term actually refers to a wide variety of different drugs used to increase strength, commonly found in athletics. Although these drugs appear to work great at first, they damage your body in multiple ways with their many harmful side effects. Not to mention, they are also illegal to use in the United States without a prescription from a doctor. If somebody is found to have used performance enhancing drugs while playing a sport either collegiate or professionally they will be punished accordingly, usually in the form of fines, suspensions, or even expulsion from the league....   [tags: Drugs]
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Gateway Effect of Marijuana - Marijuana has been used by people over many centuries for medical uses. It is a natural pain killer used today as a recreational drug by people all over the world. According to Noel Merino in, “Introduction to Gateway Drugs: Opposing Viewpoints”, “a drug is something other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body”. Marijuana is a very controversial drug and has been outlawed in many countries for its affect on the function of the body. “Effects may involve hallucinations, impaired judgment, and mood swings.” Describes the effects of marijuana in “Marijuana” Current Issues Macmillian social science library....   [tags: Drugs]
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Prohibition is Destroying America - The war on drugs began with good intentions, but it is becoming clear that this battle is a failure. Not only do drug laws violate American’s freedoms, but they further complicate the lives of drug users. These laws have inadvertently been responsible for the deaths of thousands through bad drug deals and dirty drugs, which leads one to ask the question, “Is this a war on drugs or a war on drug users?” Body bags and HIV are becoming the most widely known side effects of drug prohibition. Contrary to what many may think, drug use will never be eliminated....   [tags: Drugs]
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The Right To Choose - Marijuana has been used for recreational and spiritual uses since around 3000 B.C. It has held ties as a crop for industrial use through hemp fabric, one of the most efficient and cheapest fabrics available today. It has been the focal point of many religions, and it may have even been seen as a religious sacrament to early Jews and Christians (Delorde). In today's society it is still used by religions as a focal point, one of which being the christian based religion of Rasta. It has had as colorful of a history for use as a fiber as it has for recreational use....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Drug Enforcement Administration - Origin of the Agency The Drug Enforcement Administration has a long history that marks its significance and succession. Much had been going on during the late nineteen-sixties and early seventies that shaped the years between such as: the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Hippie movement, the closing days of the Vietnam War, the disbandment of the Beatles, Woodstock, the first man on the moon, and the beginning of the Watergate scandal (to name a few). President Richard Nixon took office in 1968, a time which was prevalent for ending the war in Vietnam and the violence across the United States due to anti-war and race riots....   [tags: Drugs]
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LSD: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide - What is LSD. LSD is the most common hallucinogen, and is made from lysergic acid, which is derived from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It comes in several different forms, the most common of which is “blotter” paper. Blotter paper is perforated into small squares. LSD also comes as a clear liquid that can be ingested alone or put on a sugar cube or even in the eyes. Sometimes it is also found in thin squares of gelatin . What are some of the street names for LSD. Some of the street names for LSD are acid, rainbow, blotter, cheer, hawk, dots, and window pane....   [tags: drugs] 631 words
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Marijuana Laws: Prohibition Revisited - Ever since the federal criminalization of marijuana in the United States in 1937, there has been a large underground drug market (Paul). Much like how the prohibition of alcohol simply forced imbibers underground, those who chose to partake in marijuana are forced to stay away from the prying eye of the law because of present marijuana laws. This means the drug world is concealed from the average citizen, hiding the dangers of drug deals gone wrong, police shootings, and other dangerous occurrences....   [tags: Drugs]
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized? - Legalizing Marijuana has been a common subject for debate in the United States. As the debate continues on in the political system, marijuana has become the most popular illegal drug in the United States. There are many arguments for and against the legalization of marijuana ranging from the effects on the mind and body to the economic possibilities after legalization. Both sides embrace strong facts and stronger support, but much of these facts consist of similar research with contradicting results....   [tags: Drugs]
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Proposal of Marijuana Legalization - Marijuana has a greater beneficial impact on society then many people realize. Marijuana should be legalized for medical as well as recreational purposes. This is a highly controversial issue that is being debated throughout the country. In essence marijuana is evaluated by the effectiveness of the drug. It is defined as the dried flowered clusters and leaves of a hemp plant smoked for the intoxicating effect. Whether it should be legalized or not is the real question. Many could argue that marijuana is destructive physically as well as mentally....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Public Enemy Number One - Mexico’s economic struggles have given life to ruthless organizations known as the Mexican drug cartels. These drug lords have been a growing source of conflict for decades and fuel the continuous war being fought against drugs. The socio-economic statuses of the areas that harbor these gangs have a direct impact on the cartels’ migration to the United States. America’s more stable economy has enticed the cartels to capitalize on the demand for drugs. Through collaboration between Mexico and the United States the fight to reduce the smuggling and violence on the border can be reduced....   [tags: Drugs]
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Drug Addiction Treatment Program - There are several things in life, which should not have been discovered yet. Drug is one of those things. The world will be a best place without these terrible things, which create additions and hence make many people suffer. Regrettably, we are not able to turn back time and get rid of the problem as its roots. However we can stay far away from drugs and do not give into enticements. Although, we have the choice of staying away from them, many people across the world are making use of them regularly....   [tags: Drugs] 991 words
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Addictions and Substance Misuse - This essay will focus on addictions and substance misuse specifically concentrating on anabolic steroids; it will demonstrate an understanding of the psychological implications of a common presenting difficulty in a counselling or helping role. The topic will be health related and social and factual information which is relevant to the subject will be addressed. Psychological issues, symptoms and how an individual may be impacted by the health issue will be discussed plus recognised ways of working with client issues will be made aware of....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Methamphetamine: A Social Menace - Throughout history, human beings have experimented with substances whether it was to discover new knowledge or improve one's state of being. Often it began from a small distinguished portion of the population to then becoming widely available to the rest of society. The story of the drug methamphetamine was no different as since its synthesis, growing numbers of people have sought its abilities. The status in which methamphetamine currently finds itself in is that of a source of social ills. That cannot be denied but like other drugs, it had its time as an accepted medicine before becoming widely misused....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalizing Marijuana in Canada - Marijuana has long been the subject of many heated debates and political platforms. With lack of un-biased materials on marijuana, it quickly became victim to publications and political propaganda in the early 1900s. Richard Isralowits writes, “Publications from the period had such titles as Marijuana-Sex Crazy Drug Menace, Marijuana-The Weed of Madness, and Marijuana: Assassin of Youth”(Use of Marijuana,105). Surely in this modern age and heightened public awareness our marijuana laws, drafted in a time of extreme bias, have got to be obsolete....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Drug Wall Paper: Heroin - “According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), approximately 3.5 million Americans ages 12 and older reported trying heroin at least once during their lifetimes. The average addict spends between $150 – $200 a day to maintain a heroin addiction.” Heroin is a highly addictive opiate drug formed as a crystalline white powder from morphine. Heroin was first synthesized in 1874, it is a potent drug derived from the seedpods of poppy plants. It is used as a painkiller and a recreational drug....   [tags: Drugs]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - "I'm for legalizing marijuana. Why pick on those drugs. Valium is legal. You just go to a doctor and get it and overdose on it - what's the difference. Prozac, all that stuff, so why not marijuana. Who cares. It's something that grows out of the ground - why not. Go smoke a head of cabbage. I don't care what you smoke" (Stern). This particular quote is the reality of how many Americans actually feel about the supposed war on drugs. Mary jane, airplane, weed, reefer and dank are all commonly used terms used to describe marijuana....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Legalizing Marijuana Debate - Recently, the California elections proposed a controversial new law for the state to apply a new tax on cannabis, Proposition 19. Many reasons arise to contest this new proposition. Firstly, we currently do not have a sufficient system in place to prevent the dispersion of cannabis to minors. Secondly, drivers already have enough to be concerned about, such as drunk drivers and people using cell-phones, therefore we should not add marijuana as an additional influence for people to have open access to....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Legalizing Marijuana Debate - Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act, was a controversial new initiative on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot, that would have applied a new tax on cannabis. Many reasons arose to contest this new proposition. Firstly, at a state and federal level one does not find a sufficient system currently in place to prevent the dispersion of cannabis to minors. Secondly, drivers already have enough contemporary distractions that will impair their driving such as: alcohol and the use of a cell-phone....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Should be Legalized - According to Martin Luther King Jr., “There are two types of laws: there are just and there are unjust laws” (King 293). During his time as civil rights leader, he advocated civil disobedience to fight the unjust laws against African-Americans in America. For instance, there was no punishment for the beatings imposed upon African-Americans or for the burning of their houses despite their blatant violent, criminal, and immoral demeanor. Yet, an African-American could be sentenced to jail for a passive disagreement with a white person such as not wanting to give up their seat to a white passenger on a public bus....   [tags: Drugs ]
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War on Drugs = War on Terrorism??? - War on Drugs = War on Terrorism??. The United States’ new claim in today’s world of propaganda and mind-warping media is that The War on Terrorism = The War on Drugs. Recently simple anti-drug slogans have been manipulated into aggressively and often erroneously exaggerated media assaults. (planetpapers.com) The United States claims that each person can help fight terrorism by choosing not to buy or use illicit drugs, and the government itself can help fight terrorism by implementing a more effective War on Drugs throughout the country....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Propaganda, Stereotypes, and the War on Drugs - Propaganda, Stereotypes, and the War on Drugs The West has constantly been fighting the use of illegal drugs for decades by Propaganda. Propaganda ‘is a form of manipulative communication designed to elicit some predetermined response’ (Inge, 1981, 322). Governments have been using many propagandistic methods to reduce the consumption of illegal drugs such as marginalization or creating stereotypes. By creating a certain stereotype for the drug users and dealers, governments believe that people would try to avoid drugs so they won’t fit the stereotype....   [tags: Media Stereotypes Stereotyping]
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