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war on drugs - A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-28-01) Tom Cohen of the Associated Press reported on May 28, 2001 that Canada's drug control policy is slowly but clearly shifting toward decriminalizing marijuana. This Canadian political movement is in opposition to current trends in US drug law and could influence future direction of drug policy in the United States toward a public health addiction policy that focuses upon prevention and treatment and away from a criminal justice drug policy that focuses upon punishment as a deterrent....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Combating Drug Use in America - The use of illegal drugs has plagued society for thousands of years. Illicit drugs use can be found all around the world. The War on Drugs is a term applied to a campaign on the prohibition of drugs of drug use, with the effort to reduced illegal drug trades. The current War on Drugs has affected our society physically and emotionally, and should end for the better of our society immediately. When the War on Drugs began, it was “The expectation that drug trafficking in the United States could be greatly reduced in a short amount of time through federal policing and yet the war on drugs continues to this day.” (Becker1) The war on drugs is an unwinnable war....   [tags: richard nixon, illegal drugs, war on drugs]
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Success and Failure in the US-Mexico War on Drugs - Illegal narcotic drugs represent a $60 billion market in the U.S., and this year alone the State and Federal governments will each spend roughly $20 billion in attempting to stifle this market. The amount of money involved in the drug trade, substantially inflated due to prohibition, makes both systemic corruption and violence inevitable. The illegal drug trade is a sophisticated international network, and while no nation’s involvement is limited to one economic function, one relationship is crystal clear: Mexico serves as a high-volume channel of drugs into the United States, and drug traffickers will go to great lengths to continue serving the American consumers as long as the...   [tags: Essays Papers]
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War on Drugs Causes the Viloation of Individual Rights - Everyone knows the parable of the emperor with no clothes. The significance of a child being the one to point out the emperor's nudity, as opposed to a sermonizing preacher or self-righteous intellectual, is simple to understand. Neither morality nor logic was responsible for stripping the emperor's veil of falsehood. All it took was the truth. One can't help but think of this when considering Gary Johnson, the Republican governor of New Mexico, who, despite pressure from power brokers at the top of his own party, has proclaimed that the emperor that is this country's war on drugs is not only naked to the world, but that its body is festering with the sores of moral decay and corruption....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays] 829 words
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America’s War on Drugs vs. Legalization - America’s War on Drugs vs. Legalization The United States has spent over 30 years fighting the war on drugs. Americans have paid a heavy price financially. The drug enforcement budget is now $40 billion. A lot of time, effort, and money go into America’s attempt in eliminating trafficking, dealing, and the use of illegal drugs. Many believe that this is a war worth fighting, while others feel that America will never conquer the war on drugs. The latter suggest legalization as an alternative plan that will help save the country millions of dollars....   [tags: Essays Papers] 3400 words
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The War On Drug: Reasons Behind The Criminalisation of Drugs and Functions of Crime In Society - The War On Drug: Reasons Behind The Criminalisation of Drugs and Functions of Crime In Society The history of the War on Drugs in the United States can be traced back to 1914 with the Harrison Act, the first recorded law to ban the domestic distribution of drugs, as the cornerstone of the criminalisation of drugs in America (McNamara, 2011). However the popularisation of the criminality of drug use was when President Richard Nixon coined the term ‘War on Drugs’ in 1971 (Provine, 2011, p.45). This essay focuses on the disproportionality of incarceration rates between African and Anglo Americans, and illustrates the unequal operation of law enforcement on African-Americans (Provine, 2011)....   [tags: harrison act, drug use, criminology]
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Isaac Campos' Book, Home Grown, about Mexico's Use of Marijuana - ... Were the stereotypical effects really caused by the use of marijuana. Why were the stereotypes believed so easily. Why did the media not investigate into the stereotypes. How and where did the opinion of marijuana alter between the drug’s introduction and the prohibition of the substance. In order to make his argument convincing, Campos answered these questions by using both primary and secondary sources. The different types of sources he used included newspapers from past eras, medical books, crime logs, and other sources of archival information which illustrated marijuana’s multiple uses from colonial Mexico through the 1900s....   [tags: war on drugs, stereotypes, violence]
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Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington?s futile war on drugs in Latin America? - Book review: “Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington’s futile war on drugs in Latin America” Edited by Ted Galen Carpenter Overview Introduction 3 I Modest results after thirty years of war 4 The war on drugs consequences on the drugs crops cultivation 4 The war on drugs consequences on the Latin American opinion 5 II The American strategy on the drug war: definitively a bad strategy....   [tags: essays research papers] 3146 words
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History, Social Factors and Economic Impac of the Prohibition of Alcohol in the United States - ... Willard would be extremely well known in America, and she was a pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement much like Susan B. Anthony. Willard’s contributions to the temperance movement were significant, and she named Mary Hanchett Hunt in charge of educating America’s youth about the degradation of alcohol (Burns & Novick, 2011). Hunt influenced textbook publishers to let the WCTU’s message be heard in the public school system. Hunt’s efforts were in good practice, and the public school system would start using terribly fictitious propaganda against alcohol as part of the education program (Burns & Novick, 2011)....   [tags: 18th ammendment, war on drugs]
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Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana - There have been 20 million arrests since 1965 for the possession of marijuana, also known as cannabis. The amount of crime and arrests for possessions of the illicit drug has increased due to the prohibition. Cannabis was a major cash crop for the industrial production prior to its illegalization. It has been estimated that the United States spends approximately $7.7 billion each year to prohibit the use of marijuana alone. Currently the number of people incarcerated is six to ten times higher than European countries (NORML)....   [tags: cannabis, failed war on drugs] 1355 words
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Drug Abuse in the United States: a Public Health Issue or a Criminal Justice Issue? - Everyday Americans are arrested for illegal drug abuse, making it difficult for them to receive employment and maintain a financially stable lifestyle. If all illegal drugs were decriminalized entirely, drug abuse would drop dramatically. Drug abuse in the United States is seen as a criminal justice issue and, millions of individuals are incarcerated each year. Instead of criminalizing the use of drugs, abuse should solely be seen as a health concern. Drug abusers and addicts direly deserve support and treatment, in lieu of imprisoning them and convicting them of a felony that will trail them for the rest of their lives....   [tags: war on drugs, illegal drugs, incarceration]
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The Failure of Plan Colombia - Background Plan Colombia is a long-prevailing foreign aid package bestowed to the country of Colombia from the United States. This foreign aid package grants substantial financial assistance to Colombia, intending to fight the “War on Drugs” and to reduce the trafficking of narcoleptics, but there is a multitude of other factors and implications, both unintentional or indirect and intentional due to ulterior motives. To accomplish the goals of Plan Colombia, most of the aid has been provided in the form of armed forces....   [tags: War Against Drugs]
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Government Spending: What Can Be Done? - ... The legalization of drugs would bring about new jobs for the growing, selling, distribution, and quality control of drugs, which also would decrease the drug trafficking and decrease in death by accidental overdosing. Ending the war on drugs alone would save the United States fifty billion dollars a year. As George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Those who oppose me believe the War on Terror has been well worth the investment. I stand on the other side and believe that the war has not been very effective....   [tags: welfare, war, drugs, violence, terror]
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The Overcrowding of Prisons and Jails - Prison overcrowding is a serious issue that is rapidly growing in the United States. Since the 19th Century it has been plaguing the criminal justice system and has rolled over to our modern prison system. Overcrowding is more complex than what people see on the outside looking in. There are multiple reasons that contribute to the increase population of inmates. Throughout the years, there has been an ongoing debate on what the causes are and how they can be improved. Since the early years, prison populations have been rising at an enormous rate....   [tags: War on Drugs, Cruel and Unusual Punishment]
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The Legacy of Ronald Reagan - Ronald Reagan is to this date the oldest serving president, and the effects of his presidency have affected not only the United States of America but most of the world as well. The consensus among historians is that Ronald Reagan left a lasting legacy that was a great one in numerous ways. His Reaganomics improved America’s economy greatly, and secured its future economic prosperity. He also fought communism head on and was able to end it in most parts of the world, but more importantly in Soviet Russia....   [tags: fall of Berlin Wall, war on drugs]
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The Impact of Law Enforcement Tactics on Us - IMPACT ON US LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS The current violence and drug traffic in Mexico presents a twofold problem in regards to domestic law enforcement in the United States. Not only are US law enforcement authorities required to combat the massive influx of illicit drugs from Mexico, they are also expected to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, many fleeing the dire circumstances in their home country, and also to quell fears of cartel violence spilling over our largely unsecured southern border....   [tags: violence, mexican war on drugs] 1732 words
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Drug Cartel Control in Columbia - ... 158). During the height of the Cali and Medellin cartel influence, the national homicide rate peaked at eight times that of Mexico’s current rate. Today, thanks to Colombian and United States governmental influence, neither cartel poses a threat to the Colombian state. Countries should learn from the successes of the Colombia campaign. The first thing they should take away, is it is necessary and required to have the involvement of more than just one country’s government enforcement. A multinational approach, with strong support and assistance from the United States, proved most effective in removing the cartels....   [tags: war on drugs, international collaboration] 856 words
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Age of Anxiety Versus Contemporary Humanity - ... Max and quick production was the new way. We will base our demonstration in many diverse examples to show how both periods are interrelated. The Age of Anxiety is a time period from 1914-1950. This era was filled with uncertainty, World Wars, and change in how human perceived the world. The present time period can be known as the contemporary Humanities (from 1970 to present) but for some scholars it can be defined as the cold war1950 to 1991. Another word it is not rigid temp period. The contemporary age appears to have better human condition than the Age of Anxiety when you think about what each age has to offer....   [tags: war, technology, drugs] 690 words
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Marijuan Is Everywhere - ... This would include the almost a million that are behind bars because of these laws to feed and provide a place to sleep so they can serve their time. So you as everyday person may not see the war on drug directly but the taxes you pay would be founding them. Also this war is making it hard for people who may have made a couple bad decisions to make it out of that way of life with the stiff penalty for jail time with being caught with the drug, it makes it hard for these people to get a jail and even be able to go to school....   [tags: drugs, border, war, society, school, cartels] 997 words
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Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 - The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was policy pushed into legislation on the heels of public outcry over the death of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias. The basketball star, who two days earlier was drafted 2nd overall in the NBA draft, died of cocaine intoxication. Ten years prior, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” in America. He hoped that propaganda and social encouragement would move America to change its perception on drugs. Going so far to ask influential figures like Elvis Presley, who later died of drug overdose, to help create a drug free America (Deborah J....   [tags: War On Drugs, Drug Abuse, Legislation, Death]
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LSD an the Sixties Generation - ... Leary stated that there was a spiritual connection while on the drug. He challenged people to rethink life patterns and social norms within their own society. This spiritual connection that Leary had with LSD was one of the experiences he focused on the most within his mind-altering drug experimentations. He promoted LSD trips as a way for individuals to change their lives, as well as, the society around them. Leary understood LSD as a way for happy people to evolve; to use LSD as a tool for life enhancing and spiritual-inclining....   [tags: hallucinogenic drugs, fighting against war] 2463 words
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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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The Beat Generation - The period leading up to the 1950s was considered as the Era of Conformity. At this time the majority of Americans were living in suburban areas called Levittowns, felt threatened by Communism, they were driven with conspicuous soncumption. Men would go to work all dressing up in a grey or blue flannel suit while women were domesticated for they stayed home to cook, clean, and tend the children. For Americans at that time eating a family dinner and watching TV every night was considered a conservative tradition....   [tags: American History, Drugs, Crime, World War]
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The 1960s Countercultural Sensation - The 1960s counterculture was a cultural sensation which first began to take shape in the United States and from there on it spread throughout the rest of the west. It spread sometime in the early sixties to early seventies. The counterculture sensation began to catch on quickly and it eventually went on to become groundbreaking. Several components contributed in making the counterculture of the 1960s a unique era from the other opposition movements of the previous eras. The post-war baby boom created an unexceptional amount of youngsters who were an integral part of making the counterculture movement....   [tags: war, race, realtions, sexuality, rights, drugs] 1079 words
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The War on Marijuana Costs - Marijuana is a drug that can be consumed by either smoking or eating; this drug is typically used for medicinal or recreational use, however, in the United States it is the most popular illegal drug used on a daily basis by many users. Under federal law marijuana is classified as a schedule one controlled substance, also in this category includes heroin, LSD, and PCP. Marijuana has many street names such as Pot, herb, weed, Mary Jane, grass, and reefer just to name a few. Marijuana is considered a gateway drug and may lead to potential use of other hardcore illicit drugs....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]
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Drug Smuggling - Drug Smuggling      Drug smuggling is on a current up raise and there seems to be no way of stunting it growth. But here a some ways some states are trying to slow the rate of drug smuggling.      In Illinois there is a program called “Operation Cash Crop” or the OCC. This is a combine of the ISP and the DEA. It's goal is to locate places where marijuana is grown then destroy all of it's gardens. During the span of 1983-88 these “OCC” led to 442 arrest and destroyed over 2 million marijuana plants....   [tags: Drugs Narcotics Drug War Essays]
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The Economics of Illicit Drugs - In this essay I will define drug abuse and show the economic impact of the sales of illicit drugs. I will introduce an argument for legalization and the impact to the economy. Next I will discuss some of the economic cost from lack of productivity, health care cost and other cost associated with Drug abuse. In order to understand the economic impact of illicit drugs we must first define what a drug is. A drug is defined as any substance other than food that affects the way your mind or body works....   [tags: Crime and Drugs]
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Illegal Drugs: Should they be? - There are very few people who can honestly claim that current drug policies have been a success. Aside from being ineffective the costly current drug policy of prohibition has created a set of unwanted consequences including; a high prison population of non-violent offenders, corruption, violence, and whole set of health issues. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” and despite the failures of the current policy in deterring drug use that is just what the government is choosing to do....   [tags: Legalizing Drugs]
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Failures of the Drug War - American law enforcement has made drug enforcement one of its highest priorities for almost forty years. However, more people than ever are beginning to question the true benefits of the Drug War. The President of the United States, Barack Obama has even referred to the Drug War as an “utter failure” in the YouTube video “Barack Obama on Marijuana Decriminalization (2004).” These kinds of negative opinions on the Drug War are not unjustified. The Drug War has cost Americans 33 billion dollars and countless lives (Miron Par....   [tags: America, Law Enforcement, Drugs]
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Decriminalization of Drugs - For many years, a real push has been looming on the idea of legalizing now illegal drugs. This has become a hot debate throughout nations all over the world, from all walks of life. The dispute over the idea of decriminalizing illegal drugs is and will continue on as an ongoing conflict. In 2001, Drug decriminalization in all drugs, including cocaine and heroin, became a nationwide law in Portugal (Greenwald). Ethan Nadelman, essayist of “Think again: Drugs,” states his side of the story on the continuing criminalization of hard drugs, in which he stand to oppose....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]
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Legalizing Drugs For Recreational Use - Recreational drug use can be traced back to the earliest known humans. The practice is pervasive, problematic and rife with moral and religious opposition. In this country, we need only to look back less than 100 years to see the earliest incantation of this debate. Prohibition: “The Noble Experiment” was instituted from 1920 to 1933. A moral high road, which was believed at the time, would cure all of society’s ills. Economically, it was believed that the taxpayers would benefit by less incarcerations, better mental and physical health and a more productive workforce....   [tags: Illegal Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]
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Pro-Legalization of Drugs - Today’s society is suffering rapid decay due to the never-ending war against drugs. Politicians make dramatic speeches advocating tougher drug laws to when there to when seats. But what has this war really accomplished. In fact would legalization benefit society. Yes. Legalization is an option that should be heavily considered. I will illustrate in detail how the economy will be positively impacted building a foundation toward ending the So call war on drugs with a win for America as a whole....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]
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Revising the Drug War Strategy: To Win a Losing Battle - The three major international drug control treaties are. The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol (UN, 1961), Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 (UN, 1971), United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 (UN, 1988). These conventions seek to combat the drug trafficking and drug abuse while ensuring that there is availability of narcotic/psychotropic drugs for medical and scientific use. Outlining the Burning Situation: Today, there are between 149 and 271 million people worldwide who have used illicit substances at least once in a year and global lifetime figures are higher than a billi...   [tags: psychotropic substances,illicit traffic, drugs]
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The High Cost of Drugs - ... Authorities had been closing in on El Chapo for several months before the Mexican marines decided to help out, according to Mexican Attorney General. Before El Chapo's capture, Mexican federal law officials made many arrests of Sinaloa cartel associates; in these arrests two people were caught who were said to be security for the top leaders of the cartel. El Chapo had many sewer tunnels leading to seven different places in Culiacan, which is how he was able to “out smart” the law officials....   [tags: Mexican Drug War and Cartel] 963 words
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War is Hell, War is Peace - War is Necessary - War is controversial, unfortunate, and certainly misunderstood; it is a transforming agent, a catalyst for change. Nonetheless, many people focus on war's negative consequences, while positive effects are downplayed. War is a necessary evil in the sense that it stabilizes population, encourages technological advances, and has a very high economic value. Without war, the overpopulation of the human race is inevitable. It is this reason that war is a useful tool by not only Mother Nature, but also humans themselves to institute population control....   [tags: War]
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The Key to Stopping Drugs Is Making the Drug Cartels - Just imagine a world without the distribution of illegal drugs. Now it could either be a disturbing place or a peaceful place. For it to be a peaceful place it would require quite a bit of money to control the certain types of drugs that are being distributed. Thus, for that to happen it would require some money. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, The U.S. federal government had spent at least $15 billion dollars in 2010. However, the government increases the amount of spending on drug control to help reduce the distribution of drugs annually....   [tags: distribution of illegal drugs] 917 words
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The Never Ending Drug War - Narcotics, guns and violence, the powerful elements of the never ending war. All these elements are part of the campaign to rid the world of the disaster that drugs so ferociously have inflicted upon America. The war, created by The United States’ demand and government circumstances, has been fighting drug lords and opportunists. The United States has for the past three decades declared that it is in a full fledged attack against drugs and the violence it fosters. For decades billions and billons of dollars have been justified through the infamous War on Drugs....   [tags: Drugs Narcotics Politics Essays]
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The Legalization Drugs - The Legalization Drugs The dawn of the twenty first century has ushered in a new age of optimism and wonder. Despite the proclamations of television, all is not in well in our part of the world. Our societies have succumbed to the modern holy war on drugs. Being fought against our own citizens and citizens abroad, an international effort to eradicate drug production and use has undoubtedly failed leaving in its wake social unrest and political chaos. Assault, property crime, racial and economic marginalization, murder, corruption and many other undesirable things are burning through society fueled by the drug war's cold and inhuman policies....   [tags: Drugs Legalization Health Essays]
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Drugs Should be Legalized - The Federal Government, while trying to protect us from our human nature, developed harsh anti-drug policies with the hope of eradicating drugs. At the time, these policies seemed simple enough: we will impose penalties on those who use substances illegally, we will intercept drugs coming from other countries while ending all drug cultivation in the States, and we will even try to prevent foreign governments from growing these substances. The idea of the Drug Prohibition surely made sense: lower demand of drugs by law enforcement, and reduce supply through domestic and international means....   [tags: Legalization of Drugs]
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Drugs In The Urban Community - The real America is filled with abandoned houses, prostitution, and citizens that have no hope on life. How can this lifestyle become a normal living condition. Some say there is no chance on restoring the communities that were destroyed from drugs. Is our government aware of the hardship and poverty while they send troops to war. The infestation of drugs overtaking communities results in corruption in neighborhoods, destroying families, weakening the school system and increasing the crime and violence rate....   [tags: Descriptive Drugs Gangs] 1987 words
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Drugs in United States - Drugs in United States Drugs are a complex problem with widespread political, economic and social implications for producing, transit, and consumer nations. In the area of foreign policy, political and economic instability in drug producing areas around the world-and particularly in Latin America is an epidemic that cannot be ignored. The objective of this paper is to asses the past issues, current status, and future prospects of the US war on drugs in Latin America - specifically Panama. It begins with a brief overview of the basic problems of drug use in America, and examines how the United States has handled the specific situation of General Noriega and the Panamanians....   [tags: Drug Trafficking Drugs Essays]
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America’s Drug War - The War on Drugs, like the war on Terrorism, is a war that America may not be able to afford to win. For over forty years the United States has been fighting the War on Drugs and there is no end in sight. It has turned into a war that is about politics and economics rather than about drugs and criminals. The victims of this war are numerous; but perhaps they are not as numerous as those who benefit from the war itself. History of U.S Drug Policy: While laws prohibiting the use of drugs, in one form or another, can be traced back to the 1870s, it was not until 1968, when Richard M....   [tags: Illegal Drugs, Narcotics Essays]
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Legalization of All Drugs - Legalization of All Drugs Legalize Drugs. I know what you’re thinking, are you crazy. The debate over the legalization of drugs continues to disturb the American public. Such an issue stirs up moral and religious beliefs, beliefs that are contrary to what Americans should believe. I ask all of you to please keep an open mind and hear me out on this very controversial subject. All of us have in some way or another been affected by drug, whether it is a family member or the economic burden on society....   [tags: Legalizing Drugs Narcotics Argumentative Essays] 1827 words
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All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use - All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use The war on drugs is costing us over 100 billion dollars to fight each year, and we’re only fighting a monster which we are making bigger with each punch. It’s not drugs, but drug laws themselves that have created this monster. Drug use is part of human nature, but the unimaginable wealth involved leads to the corruption of the police, judges, and elected officials. There is no reason to have the government regulating what goes into an individual’s body....   [tags: Legalization Drugs] 941 words
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It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use - It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use Drugs are such a controversy and people have such strong opinions about whether they should be legal or illegal. I don’t have a strong opinion on this topic; I’m easily swayed. For the most part though, I think that they should be legalized because people do it anyways and if they were legal the government could regulate their use and sale more, the government should be receiving the profits of the drug business rather than dealers, marijuana has most of the same effects as cigarettes, and it’s been proven over and over how prohibition doesn’t seem to work....   [tags: Legalization Drugs] 659 words
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The American Constitution and Drug War - The consensus with regards to drug laws favors more stringent and draconian laws, with the attempt to stifle use and punish crime. There are many claims used against drug legalization, such as, moral degradation, crime, the destruction of inner cities; along with families, diseases, such as AIDS, and the corrupting of law enforcement. When one examines the effects of prohibition, one has to inquire: has the cost been worth it. Certainly, an argument for the abolition of prohibition doesn’t include the favoring of drug use, but merely recognizes the vain and utopian attempt to control individual choices....   [tags: American Government, Law, drugs, criminal justice] 2065 words
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Reason Why Teens Use Drugs - The reasons why teenagers use drugs. Drug use is the increasing problem among teenagers in today's High schools. Ever since the drug war of 1900, drugs have been a major problem in todays society. Use of drugs such as opium, morphine, and their derivatives were quite commonplace in nineteenth century America. While most students of contemporary high school drug education programs know about the use of coca leaves in early Coca-Cola and the opium trade with China, the matter of drug addiction at the turn of the century is much more extensive than usually acknowledged....   [tags: Drugs, Social Issues, Legal Issues] 325 words
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Legalizing Drugs - Legalizing Drugs Drug legalization is an enduring question that presently faces our scholars. This issue embraces two positions: drugs should not be legalized and drugs should be legalized. These two positions contain an array of angles that supports each issue. This brief of the issues enables one to consider the strengths and weakness of each argument, become aware of the grounds of disagreement and agreement and ultimately form an opinion based upon the positions stated within the articles. In the article “Against the Legalization of Drugs”, by James Q....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Narcotics]
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Douglas N. Husak's A Moral Right to Use Drugs - Douglas N. Husak's A Moral Right to Use Drugs In Douglas N. Husak’s A Moral Right to Use Drugs he attempts to look at drug use from an impartial standpoint in order to determine what is the best legal status for currently illegal drugs. Husak first describes the current legal situation concerning drugs in America, citing figures that show how drug crimes now make up a large percentage of crimes in our country. Husak explains the disruption which this causes within the judicial system and it is made clear that he is not content with the current way drugs are treated....   [tags: Husak Moral Right Drugs Essays] 1269 words
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Military Sexual Assault: The Invisible War by T.K. Barwlow - Throughout history, the United States Military has faced numerous scandals. From its role in the Vietnam War, to the Iran-Contra Affair, to the Iraq War, to the abuse and denial of due process rights to detainees currently held indefinitely at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; the Department of Defense has undeniably raised many questions about its ethics and treatment toward both civilians and fellow members of the Armed Forces alike. One recent scandal, which would now appear to be becoming the standard, is that of sexual assault within the military....   [tags: US military scandals, drugs]
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Legalization of Drugs - The current hot-topic debate about the legalization of marijuana for medical exposes the long lasting debate about the economic viability of prohibiting certain kind of drugs considered illicit. Many social costs to society are attributable to illicit drugs, along with tobacco, alcohol, and guns. In fact, each of these vices is allegedly responsible for $200 billion annual expenditure in social costs of the USA (Donohue, 2010). Interestingly, all these commodities mentioned above have common characteristics: a sizeable proportion of consumers responsibly use each of them hence virtually zero social externality; and a trivial subset of society individuals irresponsibly use each of these comm...   [tags: alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, opponents]
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The Use of Drugs by 1950s Artists - A movement arose among the artists of 1950s America as a reaction to the time's prevailing conformity and affluence whose members attempted to extract all they could from life, often in a strikingly self-destructive way. Specifically, the Beat writers and jazz musicians of the era found escape from society in drugs and fast living. But what exactly led so many to this dangerous path. Why did they choose drugs and speed to implement their rebellion. A preliminary look at the contradictions that prevailed in 1950s American society may give some insight into these artists' world....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Speed Narcotics]
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The Atrocities of World War II - The only recognized atrocity of World War II was the Holocaust, but the real truth hides much deeper within. There were thousands of atrocities that occurred leading up to the war, within the years of World War II, and after the war. Many were unrecognized and undocumented and the stories of the dead still remain unknown. My purpose here is to tell the story of the men, women, and children that no one remember, or never even knew existed. The Holocaust was perhaps the most dramatic and well known atrocity of World War II because of the sheer number of deaths and crimes that had to be put on trial in Nuremburg....   [tags: Holocaust, World History, World War II]
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The Legalization of Drugs and The Consequences on Society - The use of drugs by members of society is a problem for some individuals and a larger problem for the legal system. The use of drugs has created crime among the dealers of illegal substances in many forms, the classification of that substance determines the level of the crime, and with different charges the legal system acts accordingly. In the case of drugs and the legal systems, action against the use or distribution of those substances, many people have been incarcerated in the United States where the tax payers have to support the criminals that are housed for a period of time....   [tags: Marijuana, Crack, Economy] 1852 words
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The Commercialization of Drugs in Malasya - According to the Malaysian legislation, specifically the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, drug trafficking activities include the ‘manufacturing, importing, exporting, keeping, concealing, buying, selling, giving, receiving, storing, administering, transporting, carrying, sending, delivering, procuring, supplying, or distributing’ of any prohibited drugs including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, morphine, heroin, opium among others (Dangerous Drugs Act, 1952). Drug misuse is considered a demoralizing factor in nation-building thus anti-drug law is regulated with an aim to create a society free of drugs, in terms of both supply and demand, thus enabling a morally-conscious and functioning natio...   [tags: malaysian legislation, drug trafficking]
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Legalizing Drugs to Help Society - In 1982, Ronald Reagan declared the “War on Drugs”, with a ------ dollar budget to enforce these new laws. Forty years later, that budget is at ----- billion dollars, and the addiction rate remains the same. In order to regain control over the criminal acts and money problems associated with drug prohibition, the government needs to legalize all drugs in order to control the manufacture, distribution, and recipients of all drugs. Drugs are never going to go away. The economic demand for drugs is inelastic, meaning that its consumers do not care about the price as long as they get their fix....   [tags: addiction, money, distribution, manufacture] 759 words
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The Spread of Drugs as a World Problem - There are many security threats facing nation states. The threat of international terrorism attract the most headlines and governments spend a lot of money to combat it. But there are so called "soft security" threats that if not dealt with lead to the strengthening of organized crime groups that wreak havoc on a society's security and economy. Three of the threats that challenge states today are the smuggling of drugs, arms trafficking, and illegal alien smuggling. In the United States, the porous border with Mexico has only made these threats more imminent....   [tags: Trafficking, Smuggling, Border] 1203 words
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Illicit Drugs and Bikers in Australia - ... The economic cost to the Government for counselling and rehabilitation falls on either state or federal governments while the social impact falls upon social workers (3). A breakdown of the economic cost was study by the Australian Instituted of Criminology and there results are as followed: Death that is due to illicit drug dependences was estimated to cost about $510 million; this cost fell to the lost productivity. Hospitalisation including emergence department and the mental health unit was estimated at $26 million (5)....   [tags: substance abuse, Australian policy and regulations] 810 words
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Anti-Drugs Policies in the 1960s - ... When LSD was first synthesized in a laboratory the world was two years away from the end of World War II. Albert Hoffman, a Swiss scientist is credited with the discovery of LSD’s hallucinogenic properties he was the first person to use LSD to intentionally go on an acid “trip,” the day became known as bicycle day. One score years later, LSD was being used recreationally by the new counterculture, or hippies. Many people turned to this mind-altering drug as way to experience nature, and the company of others....   [tags: illicit narcotics, prevention, columbian cartels] 1002 words
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It's Time to Legalize Drugs - No one can honestly claim that current American drug policies have been a success. To the contrary, the current policy of drug prohibition, aside from being ineffective and costly, has created a set of unwanted consequences including: a high prison population of non-violent offenders, corruption within law enforcement, health issues, and an erosion of civil liberties . Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Yet despite the failures of the current policy in deterring drug use that is just what the government is choosing to do....   [tags: Drug Legalization]
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Should Drugs be Legalized? - ... The legalization would “eliminate arrests for drug trafficking in addition to arrests for simple possession.” This process is called the decriminalization. Making drugs have an easier access to the population would seriously hurt and crime organization. The production of drugs is basically a fund raiser for organized crimes, not just in the United States, but to other nations that cater to the U.S. citizens. “Mexican drug cartels…currently generate about 60 percent of their revenue by selling marijuana in the U.S.” If the production is not legal in the states, then the black market will open up to the rest of the world....   [tags: taxes, crime, convictions] 1175 words
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Should Drugs Be Decriminalized? - Should Drugs Be Decriminalized. Recreational drug use has been controversial for years. Government has deemed the use of certain drugs to be dangerous, addictive, costly, and fatal. Governmental agencies have passed laws to make drugs illegal and then have focused a great deal of attention and money trying to prohibit the use of these drugs, and many people support these sanctions because they view the illegality of drugs to be the main protection against the destruction of our society (Trebach, n.d.)....   [tags: drug policy, government, taxes]
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Common drugs - 1. What is cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana is a flowering plant that includes three main types; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. All of those three types differ from each other by different characteristics, such as size, aroma, flower appearance, THC/CBD ratio, effect etc. Cannabis Sativa is the most common form of cannabis worldwide. Sativa provides an energetic, cerebral and inspiring “high”, usually followed by a craving for high caloric food. Almost all hemp grown for industrial purposes is Cannabis Sativa, and it is also used by people undergoing chemotherapy, AIDS treatments etc....   [tags: cannabis, marijuana, drug legallization]
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Drugs Should Never be Legalized: Drugs are Responsilbe for Many Problems in Society - Everyone agrees that something must be done about the tremendous physical and emotional health problems that drug abuse causes. Concern about the abuse of drugs is so widespread that recent polls indicate it to be one of the most serious problems in today's world, threatening the security and freedom of whole nations. Politicians, health experts and much of the general public feel that no issue is more important than drug abuse. America's other pressing social problems- disease, poverty, child abuse and neglect, and corruption- often have a common element, that is drug abuse....   [tags: drug abuse, rhetorical essays, rhetoric] 1798 words
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Harmful Effects of Drugs on the Human Body - ... Furthermore, in Mill’s argument, the fundamental right is to NOT BE HARMED. In this case, we know that drugs such as cocaine or heroin will cause changes in behaviors and attitudes of the drug users (addicted), and this will cause the user to hurt the people in the surroundings. Hence, again I strongly agreed with my own perspectives and also Wilson’s point of view on this kind of drugs (cocaine or heroin) should be prohibited and not allowed to be used by the society since it is harmful and dangerous....   [tags: methamphetamine, mental changes] 1137 words
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The Benefits of Regulating Now-Illegal Drugs - ... Sales of herbal medicines now exceed $4 billion a year. Meanwhile the war on other drugs has escalated. Since 1970 the federal anti-drug budget has gone up 3,700 percent and now reaps $17 billion. More than one and half million people are charged with drug charges each year, and 400,000 are now prison. A large portion of it is spent to pay police, fund the D.E.A., and house drug-offenders in prison. The prisons are filled to capacity with drug-related criminals, and violent offenders often go free earlier because of this as prisons and jails are already crowded to the brim....   [tags: organized crime, taxes] 898 words
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Crime, Minorities and Drugs in the City of Baltimore - ... When it comes to theoretical perspectives, I believe that this story about Baltimore should be analyzed from a conflict theorist’s point of view. The crime rate between the poverty-stricken and the unable are much more likely to be arrested and imprisoned for serious crimes such as murder and defilement, than the more rich and powerful will be. The crime rate is so immense among the poor because of a shortage of opportunities to advance their living conditions and economical status. The poor people lack schooling, skills and firm support systems that are needed for people to become productive and respected affiliates of society....   [tags: dangerous cities, crime rates] 667 words
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The Trade and Use of Drugs in Latin America - Films often depict the trade and use of drugs in Latin America as an extremely violent situation. Countries like Columbia or Mexico are usually where the drugs come from while the United States are the destination. More times than not, Latin America plays the role of an antagonist while the United States plays the protagonist. A film about Latin America, when pertaining to the United States, can fall into one of three categories: fully Latin American, a joint effort between Latin American countries and the United States, or a film by the United States....   [tags: colombia, mexico, drug cartels]
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Illicit Drugs: Albert Hofmann and LSD - Most people do not think about all the things in this world that an individual can use that could potentially cause self harm. According to an article published by CNN, there are more than 22 million illicit drug users in the United States alone. Starting from the age of 12, individuals try marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants and prescription drugs. A large number of these drugs are misused daily but their original means for creation was to aid health issues. However, because there are addictive qualities associated with the drugs; they tend to change their users completely....   [tags: hallucinogenic drug, psychedelic era]
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Dangers of the War on Terrorism - Dangers of the War on Terrorism The President of the United State has used the phrases “War on Poverty”, “War on Drugs”, War on Illiteracy”, and the “War on Hunger,” when describing the problems Americans are facing. The term ‘war’ is used metaphorically to signify our willingness to devote vast resources, and immense amounts of time to a specified problem. No one seems to have a problem with these phrases as they do not signify our determination to die for the cause. The Civil War, World War II, and even the Vietnam War or Conflict designates our determination to give the lives of soldiers and spill the blood of the enemy to maintain our freedom....   [tags: President Bush's War on Terror] 2784 words
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Drugs: Never-ending Circles in the Dust. - I talked to my sister again, she sounded good. It's been a while since we last had a conversation that was coherent and logical but then the last time we did it only lasted a couple months before she disappeared again. Court was last month after four DUI's, Three Driving while suspended a number of possessions of an illegal substance and a couple of drug related B&Es the system felt that the best they could do is tell her to stay clean and send her back out on to the same streets where her druggie friends and angry drug dealers are waiting to consume her....   [tags: drug addiction essay]
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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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Debate On Drugs - The debate over drugs continues to disturb the American public. Many Americans take at face value the assumptions that drugs cause addiction, which leads to crime, and that addiction is an illness. Yet abundant evidence exits to support the view that legalizing illegal drugs can help solve the drug problem in America. Hi, my name is Evan Dana. Today I am going to discuss why legalizing illegal drugs can help this appalling problem that we face today in U.S. society. Let's begin by accepting a fact: drugs are everywhere in America....   [tags: essays research papers] 533 words
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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