In our world today, American citizens are taught principles and a set of values that shape our lives. Our American values rely on several things. For example, freedom, quality time with family and living the American dream to provide for your family.
With all of these great things in our country most Americans discourage negative behavior that hurts our country. Such as crime, laziness and the sell/use of illegal drugs. Drugs in America have put a dark cloud over our country. The use of illegal drugs is harmful to the user and everyone around that person. It makes people make unethical choices and tears families apart. Studies show that there are more than 50 million illegal drug users in the world today. America is one of the biggest markets for drugs. There are more drug dealers in our country than doctors and lawyers.
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The drug epidemic in our country must be stopped, it hurts our society and economy due to the unemployment. Drugs cause crime and kills our youth and hurts our future hero’s. Drug abuse has caused auto, health and life insurance to rise. This affects everyone in the world today. Americans who are doing everything by the book and living up to the values they learned has to pay and deal with the negative effects of drugs.
If something doesn’t change our precious America will be run by drug dealers and our society will be infested with drug addicts. Before I talk about the topics above, let’s take a trip down memory lane. The country of Columbia is where cocaine is grown and distributed. The rise of cocaine in the 1980’s lead to the rise of many criminals including the Medellin Cartel and the Cali Cartel which included one of United States public enemy number one Pablo Escobar. Let’s talk about what cocaine does to the body. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and it is a nervous system stimulant.
It has several side effects and can lead to death when overdosed. Furthermore, cocaine has a weak alkaline base which means it can easily be made into various salt forms. It is purest as a white powdery substance. It is metabolized in the liver and when mixed with alcohol cocaethylene. There are several ways to ingest cocaine, orally, injection, inhalation and suppository. Between 2000 and 2006 deaths from cocaine abuse doubled, rising to over 6000 deaths per year. Let’s talk about what has the drug heroine has done to people. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the average annual rates of past-year heroin use during 2011-2013 had increased 62.
5% since 2002-2004. When heroin enters the body, it interacts with opioid receptors in the brain. In the presence of opioid substances, these special protein binding sites initiate a chain of events that ultimately minimize pain and, additionally, stimulate sensations of pleasure.
The initial rush that heroin abusers feel is a result of this mechanism and will depend on how much of the drug is taken and how quickly it has entered the brain. These initial effects typically do not last long and are superseded by unpleasant symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. As heroin works to depress a number of organ processes, the body begins to work at a slower pace for several hours following use. Users often feel profoundly drowsy – nodding off uncontrollably. Breathing can slow to the point of stopping altogether, resulting in widespread lack of oxygenation, coma, permanent brain damage and, even, the potential for death. Simply put – when you overdose on heroin, you run the risk that effectively. Those who overdose on heroin also run the risk of marked cardiac depression, wherein the heart is also not functioning at normal levels and blood circulation slows.
” (https://luxury.rehabs.com/heroin-addiction/death-mortality-rates/) Now let’s talk about Methamphetamine, it is known to be one of the most addictive substances and becoming reliant on the drug can send one’s life into a downward spiral very quickly. Addiction can directly be defined as “a compulsive pattern of drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior that takes place at the expense of most other activities. (Robinson)” Around 92% of methamphetamine users relapse after trying to halt their use of the drug.
This is a ridiculously high percentage for any substance let-alone one that can cause the degree of harm that methamphetamine can produce (Ling). The addictiveness of a drug relies on the drug’s ability to cause a user to create a tolerance, build withdrawal symptoms, and have psychological cravings. Methamphetamine is a drug that will tear the body apart inside and out but has side effects that will essentially grasp you and pull you into a spiral of addiction. Not to mention the support and use of meth directly supports the vicious crime that stems from the drug.
The Methamphetamine problem shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The number of users is significantly increasing worldwide, especially in the U.S.
and many Asian countries. As it seems now, the only effective way to stop methamphetamine use worldwide is to stop the production completely because no matter what, drug users will abuse meth due to the positives of the drug and will not even consider the negatives until it is too late. Keep in mind we have a constant fight with drugs and we are doing everything we can to detour people from becoming addicts. All of the things that I have talked about would create a country/world of zombies. The death toll would continue to rise if we made drugs legal. If drugs are legal what does it do our justice system? It now becomes a joke. The criminal Justice System would be allowing our American Dream turn to dust. With this being on the agenda we need to stand our ground and take an active role to enforce our drug policy.
These drugs has proven to kill people all around the world. Most people believe that the legalization of drugs would reduce overall crime rates because drug production, possession, sales, and use would not be a crime. I do have to agree that jails would not be as full since most are there due to drug possession. I think that overall crime rates would not change if drugs were legalized because I think other types of crimes, such as robbery, theft, and killings, would increase, counter balancing the effect of legalizing drugs. For drug addicts, it is all about the next “high.” Therefore, I think the drug addicts would rob the stores that sell the drugs and rob banks for cash to pay for the drugs, causing an increase in theft and robbery. The act of killing would increase through vehicular manslaughter and murder.
Vehicular manslaughter would increase since people under the influence of drugs would not have to hide it anymore. It is very dangerous to operate a vehicle under the influence of mind-altering drugs since it changes a person’s reaction time in case of emergency when the driver needs to have a fast reaction time. This would cause more accidents and some of those accidents could be fatal. There may be laws against driving under the influence of drugs, but criminals do not obey laws. Then, there is people killing others to get the drugs. This is an extreme, but it is still a possibility.
As I said earlier, drug addicts are all about the next “high” and they will do anything to get it. If drugs were legalized, crime would not decrease, but instead, remain the same. If drugs were legalized and the government decided to take over the production of drugs, many people think the potency of these drugs would significantly decrease since the government has control over how potent drugs would be. I, on the other hand, believe that the potency would increase.
I agree that the government-produced drugs would have a low potency, but I think in doing this that a black market for more potent drugs would be created. As with alcohol, the body will build up a tolerance to drugs so a person will have to take more to get the same result (i.e. high). People who already take illegal drugs and drug addicts are taking drugs that are a higher potency than what the government would more than likely produce.
The money spent to catch drug users and addicts could be put toward prevention and rehabilitation programs. Then, this could help reduce the usage of drugs. Legalizing drugs is too extreme, the cost of our future is at stake and it is not worth sacrificing the principles that has made of love our country.