Drugs Essay

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Is the Government Morally Justified in Declaring Some Drugs Illegal?

     There are all kinds of drugs. Whether or not the drug is illegal or not depends on what drug we’re talking about. It is important to look at both the bad effects and long-term effects, such as addiction, when determining legality. Certain drugs, such as prescription drugs like Ritalin, are illegal to the people who abuse them. They are designed for people who need the drug and can be dangerous if taken without seeing a doctor first. Other drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are illegal to everyone. The government has put a block or law on these. These drug laws are supposedly for your own good. It is the type of drug and its effects that
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When addicted users stop abusing the drug, many times, depression is followed. This then motivates re-addiction in the user to suppress the cravings. However, prolonged use has severe deteriorations on the body. Long-term effects include ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose and can damage the nasal septum enough to cause it to collapse. Many cocaine-related deaths are due to cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest. When referring to cocaine and its legitimacy, the government strictly enforces the illegality of its use. Cocaine is not only highly addictive, but also deadly. In this case, the government is, for the most part, justified in declaring it illegal. The only argument is banning something that only affects the person at hand.
     A more familiar, and highly debatable, illegal drug is marijuana. It doesn’t have nearly the same health risks or addiction rates. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocaccabinol). Short-term effects of marijuana use include problems with memory and learning. There may be a difficulty in sight and problem solving, along with loss of coordination and increased heart rate. Researchers have found that THC changes the way in which sensory information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is vital for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. It is a component of the brain’s

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