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The War On Drugs

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The War On Drugs A drug is any substance, legal or illegal that is used to alter a person consciousness or feelings. There are many perspectives for the many types of drugs and their uses. But whatever way drugs are viewed, they are a presence in society and can be traced back to ancient civilization. With this in mind drugs can be sorted in to two categories, illegal and legal drugs. It is the illegal drugs that the "War On Drugs" focuses on. What is the war on drugs? The war on drugs are the government's policies against illegal drug use, trafficking and production. The purpose is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of illicit substances and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic1. The "War On Drugs" are the government's attempt to protect society from their harmful effects. Effects that research has proven, including hallucinations, paranoia, amnesia, and, in some cases, death. When used with alcohol, drugs can be even more harmful. ...read more.

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It also relies heavily on people being self motivated enough to care about the effects of the drugs where as the war on drugs has legislation behind it making it a legal obligation to follow it's intentions. Below are two case studies on the drugs problem approach: Case Study 1 - America - 'Just Say No' From the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Research Monographs: * Tobacco kills about 390,000. * Alcohol kills about 80,000. * Sidestream smoke from tobacco kills about 50,000. * Cocaine kills about 2,200. * Heroin kills about 2,000. * Aspirin kills about 2,000. * Marijuana kills 0. There has never been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US history. All illegal drugs combined kill about 4,500 people per year, or about one percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last century. In the US, the drug 'plague' consumes an estimated $75 billion every year and an estimated 50% of the people in prison are convicted for drug related crimes. ...read more.

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.... If you look at England, France, Spain, they all have drug problems. But Holland started thinking about how to deal with this much earlier. We're not deluded we can solve the problem entirely, but we can contain it, make it controllable. You are 20 years behind." Reference: The Observer Conclusion In my opinion, harm minimisation seems the better option to apply to the problem of today's drug problems. I believe that if people were more informed accurately on drugs they will take the required precautions. If this policy was applied as a replacement to the war against drugs a lot of time and money could be saved, and many problems solved. Drug purity wouldn't be a problem as legal vendors would be permitted to sell these substances allowing for regulation and quality control. This also would remove drugs from being a criminal offence removing a large portion of criminal funding and activity. Awareness would also increase removing a large portion of the damaging effects of drugs. It would also allow the ability to only distribute a safe amount of drugs for each person and also stop the incompatible users from starting drugs use (for example mentally unstable and addicted people). ...read more.

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