Drugs Essays & Term Papers

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The rising prison population in America is becoming a very serious problem. Too many American citizens are being locked up for crimes that just should not be against the law. The majority of people being convicted and sent to prison is due to the excessively strict drug laws, or the so-called, War on Drugs . If a person chooses to use drugs on a recreational basis, then they should be allowed to do so with no interference from the government. If drugs are worthy of lengthy prison sentences th

My Role As an American Citizen My role as an American Citizen is very important to me. I have many thing that I would like to do to become an American Citizen. The thing that I would most like to do to become an American Citizen is to help people help kids out so that they can learn a lot about the life that is among them. Next I would like to talk to you about helping people to stay off of DRUGS and not to become an alcoholic. Then last I would like to talk to you about helping out old peo

Go ask Alice is a book about a teenager who tried drugs once and was hooked. After the first time she tried drugs she thought she would never use them again. One thing led to another, and soon enough she was selling drugs to eleven and twelve year olds. Alice tried to get off drugs numerous times, but she always-ended up right back on them. Later Alice’s parents found out. They put her in a drug rehabilitation school. The rehab was good for her. After Alice was in rehab she became

Drug Testing in School There is a great deal of controversy in school systems today on the issue of drug testing. Drug testing would help our schools to be clean from drugs and the drug users. Many people who use drugs do not care about their work or other students. Therefore if the students who use drugs get tested for drugs and get a positive test back they should be kicked out of school. By these drug users being expelled from school the consequences for the rest of the student bod

Summary of the Plot: The novel, Go Ask Alice, is basically about a 15-year old girl who subjects herself to drugs. At first she is in love with Roger and comes from a loving home, but is also very curious about drugs. She ends up running away, which didn't last, comes home just in time for Christmas, clean of drugs, starts up again and runs away. After all that she goes through, she loses her grandparents in the time period of two months, and ends up in a mental institution. After sh

Response to America's Altered States Joshua Wolf Shenk raises numerous provocative arguments in this essay dealing with the culture of drugs in America. He rejects the easy answers to questions of drug abuse and searches for deeper philosophical meaning. His main thesis raises an interesting point: America is addicted to both illegal and legal drugs. Shenk then attempts to address questions relating to this point. Why are Americans so dependent on drugs? What makes a drug good or bad?

Swinsick 1 DRUG ABUSE The term drug abuse is most often referred to as the use of a drug that causes physical or mental harm to the user or impairs the bodies functions (Drug Abuse 279). The information in this paper will help inform the reader on the sale, effects, and types of illegal drugs. Drugs, crime, and children play a huge part on today s society. The drug enforcement is getting longer, so the drug dealers and gang members are not willing to do their own dirty work. A

Explanation of Views That drugs should be legalized. There are great numbers of people in Australia who believe that legalizing hard-drugs, such as heroin, speed, cocaine etc, would improve the drug problem. This may be a true statement, however such legalization is yet to be proven, and can cause some severe consequences, which outweigh the possible benefits. Such consequences include an increase in uncontrolled use and thus increases in overdosing and intravenous (I.V.) transmitted

Children face many challenges in today's society. There are many sorts of obstacles that students must face in their everyday lives, but one of the most important is, the use of drugs. Not only our communities are faced with this problem, but communities throughout the world. To help solve one of our most plaguing problems, there have been many programs that have developed over the years to try and solve the national drug problem. Out of many drug programs, there have been two programs tha

IS IT TRENDY TO USE DRUGS There is a great change in cultural trend between now and the old America. Some changes such as technology benefit society, and some such as drug use don t. The use of drugs is one of the negative cultural trends that we are experiencing right now. There are more people who use drugs now than ever before. Although there is a huge war on drugs, some people still use drugs every day. There are many reasons why people use drugs now but not before. First some of the d

Q. Would the Amsterdam model be a useful government response to hallucinogen and marijuana use in this country? Why or why not? Amsterdam’s coffee shops and cafes are notorious for the tolerated exchange of hashish and marijuana. This example goes completely against the moral principles underlying the United States drug policy. The United States drug policy stands by the zero tolerance rules. Our drug culture does not believe in any such thing as a use of an illegal drug, only abus

Survey of The Sixties and Early Seventies In the 1960 s, the baby boomers became teenagers and were growing up in the Cold War. Because of the threat of nuclear disaster, many of these young people felt they were living on the edge of disaster. Many of them blamed their elders who had grown up in the Depression and World War II , this created the generation gap . The generation gap was brought on by the many differences in beliefs and values between the older and younger generations. One

Peyote taken by American Indians in a ceremony participated in by adherents of the Native American Church is legal and legitimate—even holy. Yet the same substance, taken by college students—even for the same purposes—is suddenly, magically, labeled a dangerous drug, debilitating and damaging to the user and a threat to society—and quite illegal. Another example: heroin and morphine. These two drugs are not very different pharmacologically and biochemically, ex

It s Not About The Drugs The rave scene is one of those things that people who are not involved in the actual scene will never understand. People get their opinions made and won t change them no matter what anyone says. Stereotypes are all over the rave scene. The biggest one is that it s all about the drugs, which is far from the truth. Ask and real and veteran raver, and the will tell you its about so much more. It s the music, the people, the atmosphere, the friendly feelings, and the

Should Drugs Be Made Legal? For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems of society. There have been escalating costs spent on the war against drugs and countless dollars spent on rehabilitation, but the problem still exists. Not only has the drug problem increased but drug related problems are on the rise. Drug abuse is a killer in our country. Some are born addicts(crack babies), while others become users. The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. The goo

The word drug is defined as “any substance other than food that can affect the way your mind and body work.” There are hundreds of different drugs, each with its particular effect on the body’s nervous system. For instance, narcotics are a series of drugs that affect the mind, causing mental changes. The United States Government will not allow new drugs to be prescribed by a doctor or sold by a pharmacist until the drug has been thoroughly tested and proven to be medically safe.

Drug Addiction in the School and Work Place How has work efficiency changed as a result of drug addiction in the sch a couool and work place? In the 1960 and 1970's, men and women worked long hours to support their family. For many, these strenuous hours were hard to handle without taking drugs. The use of "uppers" and "downers" was then considered a way to tolerate those long work hours. To this date, the concern of drugs being used for work efficiency persists among adults who work

American adolescences are exposed to many different drugs. Some drugs are more popular among teens than others. Teenagers abuse drugs to escape the reality of everyday life. Drug abuse will destroy America if it continues to rise. Teens and society are facing the devastating effects of these drugs. Teenagers use drugs for many different reasons. Some kids have depression due to stress. They are affected by peer pressure. Parents cause stress, sometimes expecting children to be the best in

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE DRUG FREE This year I have learned a lot of things in D.A.R.E. class and I want to tell you about all of them. First we learned what D.A.R.E. means, it means drug abuse resistance education and this means to learn to say no to misuse drugs. Throughout the lessons we were given dare words. These were all the words that to do with drugs. Next we learned our rights as citizens. We even learned a whole bunch of facts about drugs. The next lesson we learned about the

Mistakes to Avoid in the Legalization of Drugs If in fact drug legalization does take place in the United States, it is pertinent that the government not make the same mistakes in doing so that they did decades ago with the end of prohibition (Schmoke 897). The government failed to take any preventive measures against alcohol once it was legalized, such as anti-drinking campaigns or any kind of education programs to inform the public about the dangers of alcohol (Schmoke 897). This m

1. Go Ask Alice2. 188 pages, Date of Publication: 1971, Published by Prenitce-Hall Inc. 3. There were many facts I knew about this book before I read it. I knew it had been a diary of teenage girl, Alice, who was a drug addict. Many of my friends and people I knew have read this book and they gave me the general idea of the book. Everyone had told me that this was a true story and a real diary. I also heard from a friend that Alice attempts suicide. 4. From reading this book I learned new

For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems of society. There have been escalating costs spent on the war against drugs and countless dollars spent on rehabilitation, but the problem still exists. Not only has the drug problem increased but drug related problems are on the rise. Drug abuse is a killer in our country. Some are born addicts(crack babies), while others become users. The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. The good news is the Uni

With all the hype of payoffs to IOC members in the media today, it might sound as if that is the greatest threat to internataional sport. The real threat to the Olympics and international sport is the use of dangerous drugs which enhance the performance of professional and Olympic athletes around the world. Given the great number of athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs and evade detection, it might seem as if officials are turning a blind eye to the problem. Officials are in fact tr

Hello, class. My name is Scott Gulas and today I will be debating in support of the opinion that "Illegal drugs should remain illegal." I feel that this point of view benefits the entire population of the United States of America. Do you want a beer; how bout a joint? I bet this pill will cheer you up…sound familiar? It's as if these phrases are present in our daily conversations from teenage years throughout our existence. Drugs affect the lives of everyone in the United Sta

The legalization of drugs; a risk not worth taking Arguments concerning the repeal of the 18th amendment, drug prohibition, have not changed much over the last seventy years; the questions are the same, the concerns are the same, and the policy is the same; the way it should be. Both sides are in a constant battle over the legality of drugs: Proponents of drug prohibition insist that the effects on society would be disastrous- wide-spread addiction, increased crime - Opponents of drug prohibi

Based on the expierience and knowledge I have toward drugs, drug use, and the effects of, I have conclued that legalizing non-medicinal drugs would be be wrong. The capability these days to aquire drugs are very high. It's now possible to mail order drugs, get them in parties, cities, rural areas, malls, street sidewalks, anywhere, really. Therefore why should you need them to become legal. For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems of society. There have been esca

I resolve that the use of drugs in our country should be legalized. Most illegal drugs are just as dangerous and harmful as legal ones. The wide spread propaganda that illegal drugs are "deadly poisons" is a hoax. There is little or no medical evidence of long term ill effects from sustained, moderate consumption of uncontaminated marijuana, cocaine, or heroine. These drugs have been consumed for centuries and if they caused any chronic progressive or disabling diseases, they would have sh

COCAINE Cocaine is a drug obtained from the coca plant. It is used medically as an anesthetic and as an illegal drug. It is mostly produced in countries in South America such a Columbia and Mexico. It is also produced in many other countries including the United States. The traditional method of cocaine use is to chew the leaves of the coca plant, giving a mild stimulation. Powder cocaine which is the most popular today is usually inhaled or injected into a vein and provides a lower h

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that mainly affects the brain. Pure cocaine was first extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which grows mainly in Peru and Bolivia. Today, cocaine is a Schedule II drug, meaning it can be administered by a doctor for medical uses, such as a local anesthetic. There are two basic forms of cocaine, hydrochloride salt and the "freebase." The hydrochloride salt form of cocaine dissolves in water and can be taken by vein or in the nose.

Cocaine-a powerful central nervous system stimulant-has been a big problem for the Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) in south Florida since the 1960s. Drug cartels ship coke to the United States frequently, Miami being the main port. Cocaine has several nicknames: C, cream, snow, powder, and blow. This drug doesn't only affect the user but can also affects who ever is around the user. Cocaine isn't just a problem in south Florida, but it's a problem worldwide. Through an investigation a sol

Everybody knows cocaine is bad for you. So why do so many people take it? It gets you high. You feel good for a little while. Then you re sad again. Teenagers have this problem a lot. Scientists have found a way to maybe prevent highs when using cocaine. Actually, they found a way in animals, and they are hoping to use it on humans. The team showed that the epilepsy drug gamma vinyl-GABA, or GVG, blocked cocaine's effect in the brains of primates, including the process that causes a "high" f

Cocaine is a narcotic drug extracted from the South American coco plant. Cocaine deadens skin and mucous membranes. A doctor may use it to deaden the area around a wound before he cleanes it or takes stitches. When it is taken internally, cocaine causes a temporary stimulation of the nervous system ans a feeling of pleasure. However, later, the victim is seized by a feeling of great fear and may even become violent. Marijuana is made form the shredded leaves and stems of the hemp plant

War On Drugs This is supposed to be a free country. I don't see that it would harm you or anybody else if someone smokes a few joints a week in moderation. What is the harm done to you? Is this enough to take fathers and mothers away from children? I know I'm not the sharpest knife in the draw but to say that drug users might abuse the stuff and cause problems for their family or neighbors is not very far from saying that because you have a knife in your kitchen draw that you m

http://www.unl.edu/tcweb/pharm/drugs/abuse/cocaine.html Cocaine and Methamphetamine Cocaine may be used by a physician as a local anesthetic (Mucosal-Local) to numb certain areas of the body prior to examination or surgical procedures (USPDI, 1993). It is also used as a vasoconstrictor. When used as a recreational drug, cocaine acts as a central nervous system stimulant and serves as a euphoriant and mood elevator. It is typically sniffed, snorted, chewed, smoked, or injected. The effects

DRUG ABUSE in the United States of America, we, the people value several things, some of which are freedom, expanding and taking care of our families and our financial security. We, the people, take such things for granted. We also discourage some behavior, such as crime, laziness and use of illegal drugs. Drug abuse is one of the most discouraged behaviors in our country. Use of illegal drugs is harmful to the user and all those with whom the user comes in contact. There are over 40

The Day In the Life of A Drug Addict I awoke to the smell of an old house, the lights were off and the house was cold and damp. Doug was nudging me saying "Wake-up! I got us a wake-up . . . get out of bed!" He was wide-awake and holding a sixteenth of cocaine in his hand. My stomach started churring as I got up and ran to the restroom. He had woken me up many days like this but today Doug really had the dope. He enjoyed waking me up and making me think he had some cocaine, but most day

Title: Day in the Life of A Drug AddictContent: Very personal essay Maybe this paper can keep someone from trying drugsI awoke to the smell of an old house, the lights were off and the house was cold and damp. Doug was nudging me saying "Wake-up! I got us a wake-up . . . get out of bed!" He was wide awake and holding a sixteenth of cocaine in his hand. My stomach started churring as I got up and ran to the restroom. He had woken me up many days like this but today Doug really had the

The Day in the Life of A Drug Addict I awoke to the smell of an old house, the lights were off and the house was cold and damp. Doug was nudging me saying "Wake-up! I got us a wake-up . . . get out of bed!" He was wide awake and holding a sixteenth of cocaine in his hand. My stomach started churring as I got up and ran to the restroom. He had woken me up many days like this but today Doug really had the dope. He enjoyed waking me up and making me think he had some cocaine, but

Well written Essay on Cocaine's effect on the brainIt is used in offices, parties, on street corners, in homes, and even in schools. With so much wide-spread abuse, cocaine is in extreme demand. Cocaine abuse has risen 118% since 1990, and continues to rise (World Book Enc.). Cocaine addiction is easy to understand-- it [cocaine] produces a good feeling, so naturally people would tend to want more of it. The question now though, is: how does it produce these feelings, and why is the a

When you turn on the television you see many visions of problems in America. These problems include violence, poverty, crime and murder. All of these problems are either caused by, or directly related to drugs. A drug is any substance ingested into the body that is not food. The greatest problem in America is society s continuing use of drugs. If you walk into any local gas station or grocery store, it can be spotted right away. I am speaking of alcohol. Yes, alcohol though legal, is a

Illegal drugs are according to the government a major problem in our society. According to the Department of Justice drugs are the cause of most of our crime. The three major drugs that are being widely used are marijuana, cocaine, and crack. These drugs are used to relieve pain and make people "feel" better mentally and physically (69). If we legalized crack, marijuana, and cocaine it would drop the crime rate, make the people and government more money, and cut the abuse rate. As the Colleg

Cocaine Cocaine is a drug taken from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a potent brain stimulant and one of the most addictive drugs. Cocaine is sold on the street in two main forms: cocaine hydrochloride is a white crystal powder that can be snorted or dissolved in water heated and injected and "crack" is cocaine hydrochloride that has been processed with ammonia or (baking soda) and water into a freebase cocaine. These chips, chunks, or rocks can be sm

Alot of people who have tried drugs have experienced side-effects which are sometimes dangerous. If the users do not understand what they are doing it could end up in fatality. Not everyone reacts to drugs in the same way as others People with mental disorders may be pushed over the edge by their experiences with LSD( Lysergic acid diethylamide, a hallucinogenic drug) and similar drugs that produce hallucinations. Effects vary with body weight. Lighter people will get bigger effects to heavie

COCAINE CLASSIFICATION: STIMULANT HOW TAKEN: SNIFFED, INJECTED OR SWALLOWED DANGERS OF LONG TERM USE: DEPRESSION, CONVULSIONS POTENTIAL PHYSICAL DEPENDENCE: NO POTENTIAL PSYCHIC DEPENDENCE: YES POTENTIAL ORGANIC DAMAGE: YES (Conflict of opinion among experts) Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that heightens alertness, inhibits appetite and the need for sleep, and provides intense feelings of pleasure. It is prepared from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca

Just say the word "DRUG", many definitons and meanings will come to our mind. Drug is used as an ingredient for medicine but many people use drugs in the wrong way. We can't just say that drugs are not only narcotic but also common. Everyday medicines such as aspirins are used. This kind of medicine also are drugs. When we take drugs the right way as medication with the approval of a doctor, drugs could help to ease the pain and illness. There are many types of drugs in this world. The common

For several decades, drugs and alcohol have been a major problem in our society. Not only has the drug problem increased but drug related problems are on the rise. There is no crime that kills more teenagers in the world then alcohol does. These substances affect the body in many ways, including the exchange of information within the brain, is slowed. Using drugs increases the risk of injury. Car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and suicide are all linked to drug use. The usage of drugs r

History / Definition  Drugs have a long and notorious history for altering minds. Drugs are used as a way of escaping reality and disappearing into another world.  In this speech, I will assist you in understanding the history and definitions of various drugs. My proposed findings are based upon information I have gathered from a variety of what I believed to be reputable and credible sources.  Therefore, according to Professor Blum, from the University of C

Stimulants What is a stimulant? It s a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process as defined in the dictionary. Some stimulants affect only a specific organ such as the heart, lungs, brain, or nervous system, depending on what kind of stimulant it is. There are stimulants that are very harmful and some that actually are made to help people out. Types of stimulants are cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines. The first stimulant that will be discussed is cocaine. Cocaine is an

StimulantsWhat is a stimulant? It's a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process as defined in the dictionary. Some stimulants affect only a specific organ such as the heart, lungs, brain, or nervous system, depending on what kind of stimulant it is. There are stimulants that are very harmful and some that actually are made to help people out. Types of stimulants are cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines. The first stimulant that will be discussed is cocaine. Cocaine is a

Music is a very prominent social voice in contemporary times. Many Americans obtain a great deal on many current social and political views through music itself, or music bands, radio stations, television stations, and organizations. The use of drugs as a recreational pastime is one of these issues. Throughout the history of modern music, many bands have spoken out on the legalization of drugs as well as the justification of the recreational use of drugs. Although there are many warnings a