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The two articles focus on different issues surrounding drug abuse in Britain.

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Coursework B (1) The two articles focus on different issues surrounding drug abuse in Britain. Drugs have been in the news and media a lot recently, particularly since June 2002 when the home secretary, David Blunkett, announced proposals to change the classification of cannabis from a class B drug to a class C drug during the year 2003 (this year). This is one of the biggest developments in British drug policy for 30 years. It is still illegal to supply and use cannabis, but this has lead to much discussion about how this classification change may result in adverse health effects and criminal acts surrounding general drug abuse. (2) Article 1 (by Jeremy Laurence) focuses solely on a range of different health issues associated with cannabis use. Three key issues raised are: 1. The increased strength of modern cannabis; A review by the British lung foundation says that "The cannabis found on the street today is 15 times more powerful than the joints being touted three decades ago." ...read more.


The other focuses on the problems of increased crime caused by a number of "hard" drugs and general drug abuse. Also how police strategy for tackling this sort of crime is changing. The health article only focuses on the negative effects cannabis on health; it doesn't mention any positive effects, e.g. medical research has proved it to help relieve the pain from sufferers of multiple sclerosis. It doesn't say anything about crime issues related to the drug and it doesn't give anything on legal drugs, e.g. alcohol and tobacco, which are much bigger killers and have much more to do with crime. This article doesn't mention cultural issues i.e. for Rastafarians cannabis is used as part of their religion. The article about crime and legal issues implies that if you start on "soft" lower classed drugs then you will progress to "harder" class A drugs and be more involved in crime which is not always the case. The survey that was used as evidence (crimes in Hackney) ...read more.


get any sort of job, so to treat them and get them off a vicious circle of drugs and crime would be much more cost effective, for the government, in the long run. (5) I think that the issues discussed in both these articles have very important sides to them, but, I think that these reviews aren't really looking at the biggest killers and the most widely used drugs that lead to crime. These are tobacco and alcohol. They are legal (from certain ages) and are widely accepted, but, have awful effects on society and are the two biggest killing drugs found in the UK. From reading a useful leaflet on drugs I have found that, every year, there are more than 25,000 deaths in the UK which are alcohol related and tobacco causes/contributes to at least 2000 limb amputations and 111,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. I think that the government needs to keep on tackling illegal drug problems but needs to focus much more on general and underage use of tobacco and alcohol. Liam Davies 11E Citizenship Studies ...read more.

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