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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 Relationship of Terrorism and Drugs - The Relationship of Terrorism and Drugs Terrorism has many and varied links to the drug trade. Terrorists may use drugs for funding of their cause; may include drugs as part of their cause, as in Peru; or terrorism may be the result of the drug trade, as it is in Columbia's Extraditables and Italy's mafia. With the many linkages between the two crimes it seems that to crackdown on one you must crackdown on the other. The ties between the two are such that enforcement of one will hurt the other, to stop terrorism it would be useful to stop it's funding, purpose, and cause....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essays Terror ]
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Why Drugs Should Be Legal - America is wasting it’s money and resources. It’s trying restrict something on which restrictions don’t have any effects: drugs. People who don’t use recreational drugs don’t do so because of the health risks; people who do use drugs would whether or not they are legal. The fact that they are illegal makes little difference. Nevertheless, $15,000,000,000 goes directly into drug prohibition every year, and has very little effect. Very much money is spent to pay police narcotics officers, fund the D.E.A., and house drug-offenders in prison....   [tags: essays research papers] 753 words
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Drugs - The United States is by far the richest and most powerful country in the world. We citizens take for granted luxuries that people of other countries can only dream. Yet in our society there are serious social issues that for reasons unknown are not being addressed. One of the most important issues that typical politicians are afraid to address is that of what to do with the nation’s illegal drug problems. Although we hear terms like "The War on Drugs" and "Drug Treatment", a fresh approach to this issue is needs to come soon....   [tags: essays research papers] 1461 words
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Ameican live today with drugs - There are few problems as persistent in American life today as drugs. Despite the solutions put forth by our countries leaders by seizing ships and imposing hasher jail sentences. The government policies have failed to reduce drug abuse and crimes resulting form the use of drugs. The amount of money budgeted to combat the illegal drug problems in our society have increased greatly to the point where jails are filled or overflowing with drug related criminals. In 1988, the nations anti-drug crusade under President Ronald Reagan cost $4.8 billion a year; by 1995 the anti-drug budget had almost quadrupled, to $13.2 billion, under President Bill Clinton....   [tags: essays research papers] 759 words
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Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll – The Decline of America - The United States emerged from World War II as a technological, economic and military superpower with a dominant voice on the world stage. What happened. Arguably, most would say that the United States still holds these positions in the world, but the news media and academic alarm is that the country is slipping in to an abyss and will loose its dominance. If you believe some comments in the media concerning the changes in the United States, our troubles are due to prevalence of drugs, unfettered sex (and its variations), and even music – specifically, Rock and Roll....   [tags: U.S. Politics, argumentative, persuasive]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana, or Cannabis, is a plant that has been in use since ancient times. Cannabis has had significant affects on history and societies throughout the years. It is a plant that can grow in any environment, with the exception of the Arctic Circle. Up until recent years the Cannabis plant has never been looked upon negatively. The debate on Cannabis has started again; with some people thinking that it should be legal and others thinking that it should stay illegal. It is time for people to see Cannabis as what it really is and not as what manipulative advertisements have shown it to be....   [tags: Drugs]
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American Technological Advancements and the Cold War - American Technological Advancements and the Cold War Many of the military technological advancements that have been made in the last 60 years can be attributed to the Cold War. Much of the technology developed during the period of the Cold War is still in use today by the military and government. Advancements in offensive technology are well known to just about everyone in the way of nuclear energy harnessed in the form of the nuclear bomb, but little is known about the battle for information during the Cold War....   [tags: Military Technological Advancements Cold War] 2593 words
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Our Right to Drugs - Our Right to Drugs You might be tempted to label Thomas Szasz, author of Our Right to Drugs, The Case for a Free Market, a counter-culture hippie. However, this analysis couldn’t be further from the truth. Szasz, a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, is a major supporter of civil liberties. He sees the so-called "War on Drugs" as one of the worst atrocities that the American Government has perpetrated on its people. Szasz contends that the prohibition of certain drugs, including common prescription drugs, is nothing more than the government telling the people that "father knows best"....   [tags: Papers] 906 words
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Losing Battle Against Drugs - Losing Battle Against Drugs The article, Losing Battle Against Drugs, is true. I agree with the article that the regulation of drugs into America is impossible to manage. You can spend millions and billions of dollars to decrease the drug trafficking but drugs are going to find another way into the country. For most people that are into drugs such as selling them I can see why they would want too. It’s obvious that it is against the law but if you can get away with it, you would have a lot of money in your pocket....   [tags: Papers] 346 words
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Legalization of Drugs Argument - Legalization of Drugs Argument Man, as a creature, is inherently bored. Since the dawn of time, it has been the natural instinct of man to find alternative methods to enhance his being. The many means by which man has turned to include sex, gambling, and the consumption of substances beyond the requirements of nutrition. The consumption of substances can be further broken down into legal and illegal substances. The question then becomes, who are we to place labels on certain substances by deeming them legal and prohibit others by creating penalties for their use....   [tags: Drug Prohibition Regulation Legal Argumentative] 3263 words
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The Vietnam War's Effects on Soldiers - After the Vietnam War, soldiers suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder in countless numbers. The trauma they saw, endured, and witnessed forever changed and scared their lives. Men, like Tim O'Brien the author of the novel The Things They Carried, suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and it took them years to regain their lives after their return home. In the excerpt from his novel, O'Brien shows the reader how the men endured this mind-altering experience in the jungles of Vietnam through the details of all the items the men carry....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Music During the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War didn't only affect the people at war, the people at home, the government, but it also affected the music industry during the 1960's. There were numerous of songs written and sung during this time period that reflected the chaos that America was experiencing. Marvin Gaye, Johnnie Wright, and Edwin Starr were just three of the many musicians that chose to express their displeasure with current politics, but of all the songs written, these men produced some of the most memorable....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Against drugs - Drugs should not be legalized because there would be an increase in drug abuse due to its availability. Legalized drugs would become cheaper and more appealing to people who previously had not tried drugs. Addicts who tend to stop, not by choice, would not stop because drugs would be more accessible if legalized. The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. The good news is that the United States had 286 million dollars and 81,762 drug seizures due to drugs alone, but the bad news is that the number of prisoners has reached 70 percent which will cost the taxpayers 30 million dollars a year to put them in jail annually....   [tags: essays research papers] 375 words
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Illegal Drugs - Illegal Drugs The product is illegal drugs. The people who deal these drugs are criminals. That's what makes the drug business different then any other. *Alcohol is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use alcohol products. *Nicotine is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use many different forms of tobacco products, all which have tobacco in them. *The drug Caffeine can be found in many everyday items, like soda candy bars. Think of how many cops we would need if caffeine products were illegal....   [tags: essays research papers] 807 words
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decriminalize drugs - One the many controversies in our country today, regards the prohibition of illegal narcotics. Deemed unhealthy, hazardous, and even fatal by the authorities that be; the U.S. government has declared to wage a “war on drugs.” It has been roughly fifteen years since this initiative has begun, and each year the government shuffles more money into the unjust cause of drug prohibition. Even after all of this, the problem of drugs that the government sees still exists. The prohibition of drugs is a constitutional anomaly....   [tags: essays research papers] 1183 words
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The Vietnam War Draft - Being a young adult between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five can be very difficult. I know this because I am twenty-two years old. At this age, there are many concerns about the future and a career. Making many important decisions which will affect the rest of your life is common during these ages. This is the age when the majority of people are getting married, having families, and buying houses of their own. Many young men and women of this age group are graduating from college and ready to start their careers....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1594 words
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Why Drugs Should be Made Legal - Why Drugs Should be Made Legal During the 1920's, laws prohibiting alcohol sales and consumption did very little to stop people form getting their hands on a bottle of rum. Instead, the streets became the battlegrounds for organized criminals. Innocent people were being killed and public officials corrupted. Prohibition was a mistake and hopefully we are wise enough as a society not to try to repeat the same mistake. However, we are making the same mistake by trying to fight the war on drugs....   [tags: Papers] 707 words
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Functionalist and Interactionalist Perspective on Illegal Drugs - Functionalist and Interactionalist Perspective on Illegal Drugs The war on drugs in our culture is a continuous action that is swiftly lessening our society. This has been going on for roughly 10-15 years and has yet to slow down in any way. Drugs continue to be a problem for the obvious reason that certain people abuse them in a way that can lead to ultimate harm on such a person. These drugs do not just consist of street drugs (marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy), but prescription medications as well....   [tags: Illegal Narcotics] 1019 words
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How the USA Lost the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War one of the longest, bloodiest, socially upsetting, Cold War conflicts America had ever known. Widely protested and rightly so, this is a vocalization of the case against the war in Vietnam and why the war was a failure of the American government. The main cause of this proxy war was obtuse; America believing it could police the world and enact the containment of Communism as a policy would always be a pyrrhic victory, or an overwhelming defeat. Another reason Vietnam was such a failure was the rapid cultural, social, and political change in American people, at the time of the war who were at odds with the government’s proxy war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1164 words
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Comparative Harms Of Legal And Illegal Drugs - There is much harm that comes about due to the use of drugs, legal or illegal. For starters there are many health risks that one takes if he or she abuses the power of drugs. Someone that is addicted to drugs, either legal or illegal, puts an awful strain on their bodies. They also put an awful strain onto their family and friends. Attempts will be made in this paper to compare the harms that occur from the abuse of legal and illegal drugs. Throughout U.S. history there have been many attempts to control drug use....   [tags: essays research papers] 3463 words
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Athletes and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports -   Abstract:  Since the beginning of sports competition, athletes have always looked for some kind of an edge over their competitors.  They will do whatever it takes to be one of the elite and that includes injecting supplements into their bodies to make them bigger, stronger, and faster.  Steroid use is probably one of the most common drug misuses in sports competition.  Athletes found that with anabolic steroids one could become a better athlete twice as fast.  Not until 1975 was the drug first banned from Olympic competition because of the health risks it produced.  Shortly thereafter, the rest of the sports world did not allow anabolic steroids as well.  With the use of steroids...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Abuse of Prescription Drugs and Heroin - In recent years criminologists have seen an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin. These drugs are nonetheless dangerous, widespread, and potent, however; they do not reign king in the context of epidemic or rampant proportions. In popular opinion the most ruthless drug is Methamphetamine, also known as meth, ice, crystal, crank, or speed. In earlier times meth was popular among rural more poverty stricken areas, now it invades urban areas as well. This is a problem, which is hard to contain and control....   [tags: criminologists, amphetamines] 1551 words
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Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports - ... He was pronounced cancer free in February of 1997. He had his seven Tour De France titles taken from him after he tested positive in a drug test. He was banned from competitive cycling for life. He denied using illegal drugs through his whole career. At last, in January 2013 he admitted to doping in a television interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey. Alex Rodriguez has been one of baseball’s best players for years but he will not be participating for the 2014 season. Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs....   [tags: illegal, doping, testing] 739 words
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Performance Enhancing Drugs in Baseball - Performance Enhancing Drugs in Baseball Introduction Performance Enhancing Drugs are taking over sports, and I am here to make a difference. Have you seen all the stories on sports center a couple months back. About Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong for doping and using PEDs. How does the use of PEDs affect society and the game of baseball. I am going to raise money to make a difference in my community to help young athletes realize that you don’t have to use steroids or “dope” to help you enhance your athletic performance....   [tags: doping in professional sports]
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Combating the Global Issue of Illicit Drugs: South Asian Nations Call For a Change - Combating the Global Issue of Illicit Drugs: South Asian Nations Call For a Change Introduction to the problem of Drugs in South East Asia With the advent of decriminalization of drugs by Portugal, the issue of illegal drug trafficking has been the most debated subject worldwide, experiencing mankind’s sincere attention on a higher level. It was Portugal that stepped forward to denounce the directions of United Nations and, further laid down fresh national drug policies which included decriminalizing every variety of drugs falling under its territory in the year 2001....   [tags: united nations, drug, crime, south east asia]
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Drugs and its Offenders - The United States has the world's highest incarceration rate. With five percent of the world's population, our country houses nearly twenty-five percent of the world's reported prisoners. Currently there are approximately two million people in American prisons or jails. Since 1984 the prison population for drug offenders has risen from ten percent to now over thirty percent of the total prison population. Federal prisons were estimated to hold 179,204 sentenced inmates in 2007; 95,446 for drug offenses....   [tags: narcotics law, legal reform, argumentative]
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Abuse of Prescription Drugs - The definition of abuse of prescription drugs is using a medication in a manner other than prescribed, by a person who it was not prescribed for, to obtain a particular experience. Many people, but especially teenagers and young adults, have turned to abusing prescription medication. Some people have an increased genetic risk of getting addicted to medications but environmental factors such as economic level, lack of employment and pressure from peers also have a significant impact. Abuse of these drugs has harmful side effects to the person abusing them but can also affect the people around them....   [tags: Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction]
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Drug Programs - Drug Programs The United States has one of the biggest drug epidemics on our hands. More than almost any other country. Studies show that over half of all high school seniors will have tried at least one illicit drug before they graduate (Hanson). One problem with this is that growing children are not educated properly about these drugs. And without a proper education on these drugs, they become curious and want to try them. The earlier these children get hooked on drugs, the more likely it will lead to more illegal activity (Head)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Importance of Drug Use During the Vietnam War - Throughout the Vietnam era drugs were popular among the hippie counter culture as well as young soldiers. Many veterans and hippies became addicted to the substances they were using, whether it be heroin, or methamphetamine. One can see that drugs had an impact on both social groups through the analysis of the hippie counter culture and the Vietnam soldiers. During the sixties thousands of people moved to the san Francisco bay area, settling in the north beach district, Berkeley, or the Haight-Ashbury....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Comparison of Medical Care During The American Civil War and Medical Care During World War I - Medicine has developed so dramatically over the last century that it is difficult to imagine a world in which its many benefits did not exist. Even as humans manage to eradicate some diseases, a look at history reminds us that there was a time when these and other diseases were rampant, and good health was the exception rather than the norm. There are many comparable time periods that medicine was needed and was used. With each, there were drastic changes to medical procedures and medical rules....   [tags: korean war, vietnam war, battlefield medicine]
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Drug Dependency - What is dependency. The dictionary definition of dependency is “The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else.” Meaning that drug dependency is when a person relies on a drug to function normally. The same may happen with alcohol. Recent research has shown that drug and alcohol dependency has been steadily increasing. Most theorize that it is the result of stress and peer pressure. However, there have been many ideas concocted to help those addicted handle their situation....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Legalization - Marijuana is the familiar name for a raw drug made from the plant cannabis sativa. One of the active chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinal (THC); a stimulant it give users the pleasure effect of relaxation, known as a “high” or hallucinating when consumed too much either through oral or smoking. It is the mainstream drug and a blistering topic to our nation in this day and age. Legalizing marijuana is an ever-growing political and social battle making its way to the top of American controversial issues list....   [tags: Drugs ]
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American Foreign Policy Caused the Vietnam War - War in Vietnam is the longest military conflict U.S. were involved in during 20th century. However, 20 years before the official war declaration, in 1944, no one would have ever guessed that the area of South East Asia is going to experience such development. Having approached the Vietnam situation with wrong policy, underestimating the motivation and determination due to historical memory, in the hostile conditions caused US were unable to suppress the communist insurgency in South Vietnam, which later turned into a David vs....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Legalize Marijuana - Cannabis sativa or Marijuana as is commonly known worldwide is a hard drug with adverse side effects to the users. With this reason it is an illegal drug in a majority of parts in the world. However according to research statistics, with this illegality there is still a high rise of both users as well as those initiated into the practice annually with the United Nations placing it first among the illicit substances widely used in the world (UNODC 198). Having worked previously in a number of facilities for juvenile delinquency and correction in California I observed and participated in the numerous ways, methods and tactics employed by the government to reduce the use of cannabis sativa wit...   [tags: Drugs ]
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana From chronic pain to anorexia there may be a type of wonder medicine that can be of assistance. This medicine, however, is looked upon in many different ways in the United States. The drug, only have been studied a few times, lacks an extensive amount of research. Marijuana, a debatable prescriptive but most importantly illicit drug, may have the potential to become a widespread legal and acceptable medicine in the near future. History and THC Marijuana has been around for a long time....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Legalization - The legalization of marijuana in the United States is a long and historically debated subject. Pro-legalization advocates provide many reasons for the decriminalization of marijuana; some of the reasons include, zero recorded deaths from direct use, wasting tax-payer money prosecuting non-violent offenders, and prohibition promotes organized crime. Anti-legalization organizers condemn legalization due to marijuana being considered a gateway drug, moral and religious opposition, legalization could lead to harder drugs being legalized, and the fear that legalization would enable the drug to be more accessible to children....   [tags: Drugs] 1979 words
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Ecstasy (MDMA) - MDMA was first created in 1910by German scientists studying amphetamines., Merck, a German pharmaceutical company, took out a patent on the chemical in 1914 because they believed that MDMA could be useful for suppressing appetites. When MDMA proved useless for their purposes, it was forgotten and did not resurface until the 1950s during the Cold War. Scientists in the U.S. Army of Office of Strategic Services were looking for drugs to induce psychotic and violent behavior but MDMA did not produce these results and drifted into misuse....   [tags: Drugs]
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Marijuana Legalization - This debate is becoming more and more relevant since the economy collapsed. The argument over whether marijuana should be legalized has been going on since the 70’s when the war on drugs began, and probably will be going on for many years to come. It is an argument where both sides have done multiple studies, and research over whether it should, or should not be legalized. In this paper I will be discussing both views on if it should, or shouldn’t be legalized, also if marijuana does posses medical value, and if our nation would benefit for legalization....   [tags: Drugs] 1696 words
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Drug Addiction - General Observations: Some participants mentioned their personal confusion regarding drug addiction on a few occasions. The others never openly stated feeling any confusion related to drug addiction, however the whole group illustrated varying views on the causes of drug addiction, which came out during discussion. This indicated a general lack of clarity among the participants. A few papticipants stated that you cannont help those who do not want help. Incidentally this is Insite's strategy; not to pressure heroin users to stop, but rather to be ready to help them the moment they are ready....   [tags: Drugs] 1043 words
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Legalize Marijuana - Cannabis is a plant that has been used for many purposes during many centuries of its cultivation. Cannabis grows wild in many parts of the world, such as in India and even in parts of the United States, where it is referred to as “ditch weed”. Cannabis seed oils can be used as a nutritional supplement or as a component of soaps and detergents. Hemp fibers can be used in the construction of textile ropes. Cannabis’ most famous and infamous use is for the psychoactive substance, THC, which can produce an altered state of consciousness, mild hallucinations, and other neurological and behavioral effects....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalization of Drugs Fails to Resolve Social Problems - One need only turn on the 11o'clock news to determine whether the "war on drugs" has been a success or a failure. Border police and the FBI continue to nab ever-increasing caches of illegal drugs, while our "tough on crime" policies haul thousands to jail on drug trafficking and possession charges. Yet, people young and old continue to purchase and consume large amounts of drugs for a variety of reasons, ranging from medicinal to escapism. Even the most ardent drug enforcers have to admit that the current offensive against drugs has been a dismal failure, because the government cannot prevent what people want to do merely through laws (and their enforcement)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1112 words
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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War Of all of the wars fought by the United States, the Vietnam War was by far the most controversial. After the defeat of French forces, Vietnam was divided into two sections: North Vietnam, and South Vietnam. North Vietnam became a Communist government under Ho Chi Minh, and South Vietnam eventually became a Republic under Ngo Dinh Diem. Under Diem's oppressive rule, the Viet Cong (those against Diem) grew in power, and the U.S. reacted to the Communist threat by sending in troops and economic aid, and advised Diem to make more Democratic Reforms....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1853 words
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Drug Production and Traffic: An Inventory and Ways to Eradicate This Problem - Forum: Advisory Panel on the Question of the Indochinese Introduction Drug production and trafficking is a widespread issue that has proven to be extremely difficult for individual governments. The black market for illegal drugs has become almost omnipresent in modern society as the production and distribution of drugs has evolved into one of the most profitable industries. United Nations (UN) reports from 2003 value the illegal drug market to be approximately $320 billion and growing. Governments try to prevent the issue through legal restrictions such as prohibition which has caused the formation of the black market....   [tags: Drugs ]
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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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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Things They Carried by Tim Obrien - Being in war is definitely one of the most life changing events a person will ever have whether it be for the better or for the worst. Soldiers will witness events that are impossible to forget or see back at home in the states. Some soldiers may have even seen one of their best friends that they’ve known for forever get blown up into pieces right next to them, or they might even get one of their own limbs blown off of their own bodies, becoming handicapped for life. As a result of seeing something so intense like that, most soldiers are usually traumatized....   [tags: soldiers, war, suicide, homelessness]
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Analysis of Christopher Coker´s Essay: Can War be Eliminated? - Since the end of the Cold War, non-state actors have risen in both prevalence and apparent power. The presence of non-state entities has caused significant ethical and political problems with Western ideology. Coker discusses issues concerning non-state actors in “Ethics and War in the 21st Century” with special attention given to the conflicting cultural ideas regarding warfare concerning the USA. The ability to label a target as not only an enemy combatant, but a fundamentally opposed force that is willing to ignore common practices and ethics is one that Coker denounces and attempts to explain....   [tags: Cold War, Tactics, Argument] 1016 words
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Dealing With Drugs - My mother knew sports were the most important thing in my life. She tried to use my love of sports to keep me away from drugs. She told me drugs would keep me from performing at my best when I played football. But I had been reading the sports page since I was a little kid. I knew some of the best athletes in America were using drugs. Guys who could run a hundred yards in less than ten seconds were using drugs. They were doing great. Drugs weren’t hurting their performance. So I didn’t pay any attention to my mother’s warnings, and I started using drugs when I was fifteen (qtd....   [tags: essays research papers]
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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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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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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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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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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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Drug Prohibition – The solution that never worked - Countries have been making drugs illegal over the years for varieties of reasons - be it to combat a perceived moral or health epidemic, to single out certain groups of people, or to reflect religious influences. Even when some drugs do not present notable health dangers, governments ban them. While there are many drugs that are unhealthy when abused, the drug policies around the world, particularly the United States, are inconsistent and oppressive. Drug laws were supposedly created for the good of society, but the prohibition of drugs only serves to cause problems, violence, and unrest....   [tags: Drugs Legalization]
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Reducing Drug Trafficking in The United States - The drug problem in the U.S. and around the world is an important issue and seems to be a difficult problem to tackle across the board. The inflow of drugs has become one of the largest growths in transnational crime operations; illicit drug use in the United States makes it very difficult for nation states police and customs forces to get a handle on the issues. War on drugs, drug trafficking has long been an issue for the United States. There has been a proclamation of “war on drugs” for the past 44 years....   [tags: Illicit 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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Drug Abuse, Prison and Justice in Hungary - CRIMINAL JUSTICE Each year the Hungarian police reports approximately six thousand drug-related criminal cases. These cases include a wide spectrum of offenses, ranging from cross-border drug smuggling to possession and consumption of a single marijuana cigarette. Those people who are lucky enough to be arrested with only a small quantity of illegal drugs have the chance to avoid incarceration once every two years and instead participate in a rehab program. However, those caught with a larger amount, or for the second time within a two-year period, face prison sentence of up to two years regardless of whether it is marijuana or cocaine.iv Putting drug consumers through a tedious legal proced...   [tags: Drugs, Criminalization] 723 words
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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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The Evolution of the Human Mind on Controversial Substances - The Evolution of the Human Mind on Controversial Substances Alcohol has become an acceptable part of society despite its illegality in the nineteen-twenties during the Prohibition. During the Prohibition the distribution, production and transaction of liquor became illegal until the law was lifted in the nineteen-thirties (Thornton). A substance that is very closely related to alcohol is Marijuana. Marijuana has as much of a negative reputation as alcohol because of the way people perceive it. However, researchers have found that marijuana can actually favor the health of consumers as opposed to disadvantaging it like alcohol (Rosenthal and Kubby)....   [tags: drugs and alcohol]
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Decriminalization and Legalizing Marijuana in America - Marijuana prohibition in the American criminal laws is quite exceptional. There are no other laws that are both enforced so widely and severely across the country, but yet considered unnecessary by such an overwhelming portion of the country’s populace. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.” The advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims that marijuana is the third-most popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]
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Why we should not legalize marijuana? - Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times (Narconon International, p. 1, para. 1). It was used in early Chinese culture as a medical component since as early as 2737 B.C (Narconon International, p. 1, para. 1). Its use began to spread across the pacific culture and finally ended up in Europe around 500 A.D. (Narconon International, p. 1). It was believed in this early culture to have medical effects that helped with rheumatism, gout, malaria, and even absent mindedness....   [tags: Drugs, Diseases] 1977 words
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Regulate Marijuana Like Wine - The debate over the prohibition of marijuana has been ongoing for years, but with 16 states and D.C. now declaring medicinal marijuana legal, the tides are turning. Recently, California has put into action a new act titled The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 to be voted on in the next election season. Marijuana reform has become such a wide debate for many reasons, including personal freedoms, medicinal benefits, and states’ rights. The federal government has had possession of cannabis outlawed since 1937 after every state had made the same decision, so across the land marijuana was illegal....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]
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The Media and the Military in the Vietnam War - ... Kennedy chose stealth and secrecy to wage his war while Johnson resorted to a public relations campaign to sell his war. Kevin Williams argues that too often literature on Vietnam applies generalizations about the military and the government and apply them to the whole war (213). Before 1962 the U.S. government did not even recognize the right of American correspondents to cover the war. (213) In the 1960s television had become the most reliable source of information among the different media, and by 1968 had a two to one advantage o0ver newspapers in terms of its reach....   [tags: television, public support, tet offensive] 1606 words
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The Mysterious LSD - Since the 1930’s LSD has been a topic of discussion. LSD is known as one of the most controversial drugs ever created. Everything about the drug is mysterious and does not follow the norm of society. Users of LSD are people from solid middle- and upper-class backgrounds. They have many opportunities to pursue higher education and to have successful careers (Petechuk 9). To most, this statistic would seem unearthly, but LSD is notorious for giving keen insights to life, which is the main interest for consumers....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Impact of the Vietnam War on Veterans - How did a Vietnam soldier's life change during and after the war. Society had a lot of different views regarding the soldiers and the war. When coming home veterans faced many distinct challenges. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helped to heal the nation. The Vietnam War had a major impact on the United States and the soldiers who fought in it. The Vietnam War was a violent and costly war that needed many men to fight for its cause. These men are now known as the Vietnam veterans. Numerous veterans who fought in the war were injured or lost a comrade during battle....   [tags: Vietnam Veterans Essays]
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The Mysterious LSD - Since the 1930’s lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as the hallucinogen LSD, has been a topic of controversy and mystery. The components of LSD are lysergic acid and diethylamide. As part of the ergoline family, LSD is often classified as a synthetic drug because it is produced only in a laboratory (Petechuk 10). Users of LSD are people from solid middle- and upper-class backgrounds. They have many opportunities to pursue higher education and to have successful careers (Petechuk 9). To most, this statistic would seem unusual, but LSD is notorious for giving keen insights to life, which is the main interest for its atypical consumers....   [tags: Drugs ]
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What is the Purpose of the War on Terror? - The War On Terror. It is a name that brings many strong thoughts and emotions to mind for Americans still to this today. It is has been Americas longest war, most expensive war, and a deadly conflict. All in all, the Iraqi War from 2003 to 2011 brought a cost of 500,000 lives from civilians to militants (Vergano 1). Among the U.S. army alone it is estimated that around 900,000 veterans have had some form of injury ranging from PTSD to amputations (Ruis 1). Not to mention, many experts say once all war reparations have been paid the war will cost upwards of three trillion dollars (Broder 1)....   [tags: Terrorism Essays]
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Athletes, Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Anabolic Steroids - There are many types of steroids abused by athletes in order to increase their muscle mass and strength. Though steroids have a negative reputation, there are some that can be beneficial to athletes and certain patients. There are types of steroids called corticosteroids that have more medical uses to them and another type called anabolic-androgenic steroids that have a more limited medical use. The anabolic-androgenic are usually the steroids that are being abused by athletes (Bigelow, par.10)....   [tags: Athletes and Anabolic Steroids]
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Drug War in Mexico - What causes a group of people to continually risk their lives by attempting to enter a place where they experience a wide range of hostility. People of Mexican origin inhabited the Southwest United States long before the arrival of European Americans and the Caucasian citizens of this country. Yet now when they attempt to enter the U.S. they are met with anger, and discrimination (Library of Congress). Even with that being said if I try to gain the perspective of someone coming from Mexico to the United States, what drives you to try and enter a country where you face so much disrespect and hostility....   [tags: mexican immigration, discrimination, disrespect]
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Drug War - The United States economy is in what can be considered a depression. The government hasn’t made many strides to fix this issue, they just keep raising the debt ceiling. A market exists that is worth trillions of dollars per year, the market being the illegal drug market. If Congress were to take the initiative and propose some law to legalize all drugs they could increase tax revenue, cut funding from some programs, and reduce collateral damage to society caused by the drug subculture. If drugs were legalized there would be tons of money to be made not only in sales tax but in business tax and in income tax....   [tags: taxation, economy, tax revenues, legalization]
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