Should drugs be legalized in the UK?

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Should drugs be legalised in the UK?

Current Drug Situation in the UK

The main recreational drugs are found in today’s society are:

  • Alcohol (legal after the age of 18)
  • Tobacco (legal after the age of 18)
  • Marijuana (grass, hash, pot, ganja, skunk)
  • Inhalants or solvents (e.g. glue sniffing)
  • Ecstasy (E, MDMA or 'pills')
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Heroin

People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. People use drugs to feel good. For real, it does feel good because most drugs act directly on the limbic system, in the brain. At this point, it can be considered recreational use.  Here are some of the reasons that young people take drugs:

  • To fit in e.g. peer pressure
  • To escape or relax
  • To relieve boredom
  • To seem grown up
  • To rebel e.g. with parents
  • To experiment

Young people are most at risk because they think drugs are a solution. They don’t have any knowledge of the consequences of taking drugs. They just want to change their situation and their life style. If they're depressed, they want to become happy. If they are stressed or nervous, they want to relax, and so on. By taking drugs, young people often think they can be the person they want to be. Therefore eventually, the continuation of taking drugs becomes the problem.

Young people have to remember that no matter what, drugs won't help them in any situation. Difficult as it may be to face the current problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the current problem one is trying to solve with them.  If friends try to pressure into it say to them that they can ruin their bodies but they need to keep their own body away. Young people also have to remember that drugs won't help to change their life, not one bit. Therefore, the real answer is to get the facts, stand up to that negative peer pressure with high self-respect and confidence as well as have a group of friends who will encourage to resist an unhealthy lifestyle and be a positive influence  and finally not to take or try drugs in the first place.

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Drugs are not all the same. Different drugs have different dangers associated with them.

  • Some drugs (such as alcohol, heroin and tranquillisers) have a sedative effect which slows down the way the body and brain function. These sedative drugs can lead to fatal overdose if a lot is taken. They can also affect co-ordination making accidents more likely. Use of sedatives can also lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms while others drugs like cannabis cannot.
  • Other drugs (such as amphetamine, cocaine, crack and ecstasy) have a stimulant effect giving a rush of energy and making people more ...

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A good piece of work looking at whether drugs should be legalised in the UK. The writer gave some useful background information such as the types of drugs, though perhaps some figures regarding drug usage among young people in the UK would have been useful also. There were some comments that needed some supporting evidence, eg. the reasons why people take drugs, and I would advise against using ?slang? terms like ?kid? and ?for real?. On page 4, try to make the points related to the wider effects on society. There were a few odd grammatical errors which could be eliminated by careful proof-reading. 3/5