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Methamphetamine: A Social Menace

- Throughout history, human beings have experimented with substances whether it was to discover new knowledge or improve one's state of being. Often it began from a small distinguished portion of the population to then becoming widely available to the rest of society. The story of the drug methamphetamine was no different as since its synthesis, growing numbers of people have sought its abilities. The status in which methamphetamine currently finds itself in is that of a source of social ills. That cannot be denied but like other drugs, it had its time as an accepted medicine before becoming widely misused....   [tags: Drugs ]

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The Evolution of the Human Mind on Controversial Substances

- The Evolution of the Human Mind on Controversial Substances Alcohol has become an acceptable part of society despite its illegality in the nineteen-twenties during the Prohibition. During the Prohibition the distribution, production and transaction of liquor became illegal until the law was lifted in the nineteen-thirties (Thornton). A substance that is very closely related to alcohol is Marijuana. Marijuana has as much of a negative reputation as alcohol because of the way people perceive it. However, researchers have found that marijuana can actually favor the health of consumers as opposed to disadvantaging it like alcohol (Rosenthal and Kubby)....   [tags: drugs and alcohol]

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The Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War Of all of the wars fought by the United States, the Vietnam War was by far the most controversial. After the defeat of French forces, Vietnam was divided into two sections: North Vietnam, and South Vietnam. North Vietnam became a Communist government under Ho Chi Minh, and South Vietnam eventually became a Republic under Ngo Dinh Diem. Under Diem's oppressive rule, the Viet Cong (those against Diem) grew in power, and the U.S. reacted to the Communist threat by sending in troops and economic aid, and advised Diem to make more Democratic Reforms....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Decriminalization and Legalizing Marijuana in America

- Marijuana prohibition in the American criminal laws is quite exceptional. There are no other laws that are both enforced so widely and severely across the country, but yet considered unnecessary by such an overwhelming portion of the country’s populace. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.” The advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims that marijuana is the third-most popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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Why we should not legalize marijuana?

- Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times (Narconon International, p. 1, para. 1). It was used in early Chinese culture as a medical component since as early as 2737 B.C (Narconon International, p. 1, para. 1). Its use began to spread across the pacific culture and finally ended up in Europe around 500 A.D. (Narconon International, p. 1). It was believed in this early culture to have medical effects that helped with rheumatism, gout, malaria, and even absent mindedness....   [tags: Drugs, Diseases]

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Detrimental Social Problems: Substance Abuse

- ... The article reports that the addicted person is incurable, apparently for this particular population, stating “Once the negro has formed the habit he is irreclaimable. The only method to keep him from taking the drug is imprisoning him” ( These words are haunting, especially when taking into consideration society’s response to crack cocaine and the African American communities in which were flooded with the drug. It is common knowledge that America has the world’s largest population of prisoners, and in 2008, a study was completed by the Pew Charitable Trusts which indicated that half of the inmates in jail and prison...   [tags: alcohol, drugs]

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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Things They Carried by Tim Obrien

- Being in war is definitely one of the most life changing events a person will ever have whether it be for the better or for the worst. Soldiers will witness events that are impossible to forget or see back at home in the states. Some soldiers may have even seen one of their best friends that they’ve known for forever get blown up into pieces right next to them, or they might even get one of their own limbs blown off of their own bodies, becoming handicapped for life. As a result of seeing something so intense like that, most soldiers are usually traumatized....   [tags: soldiers, war, suicide, homelessness]

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Analysis of Christopher Coker´s Essay: Can War be Eliminated?

- Since the end of the Cold War, non-state actors have risen in both prevalence and apparent power. The presence of non-state entities has caused significant ethical and political problems with Western ideology. Coker discusses issues concerning non-state actors in “Ethics and War in the 21st Century” with special attention given to the conflicting cultural ideas regarding warfare concerning the USA. The ability to label a target as not only an enemy combatant, but a fundamentally opposed force that is willing to ignore common practices and ethics is one that Coker denounces and attempts to explain....   [tags: Cold War, Tactics, Argument]

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The Legalization of Marijuana

- There has been a debate over the legalization of marijuana since it was made illegal in the 1920s. There are opponents on both sides of the issue. There are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana, but there are also detrimental effects to society that are caused by marijuana use. These issues need to be debated to determine if the legalization of marijuana would benefit the United States. According to a 2003 Zogby poll, “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children.” (Nadelmann, Ethan) Cannabis has been around since ancient times....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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Marijuana: Drug or Cure?

- A current hot button topic with some people and some state legislatures happens to be over the legalization of Marijuana. As of 1970 with the passing of The Controlled Substances Act the Federal Government officially classified marijuana as a schedule 1 drug with no real accepted medicinal use at the time (History of Marijuana). As the capabilities of science have progressed over time more and more scientific challenges have bombarded this decision so that more tangible research can be garnered from this plant....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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Regulate Marijuana Like Wine

- The debate over the prohibition of marijuana has been ongoing for years, but with 16 states and D.C. now declaring medicinal marijuana legal, the tides are turning. Recently, California has put into action a new act titled The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 to be voted on in the next election season. Marijuana reform has become such a wide debate for many reasons, including personal freedoms, medicinal benefits, and states’ rights. The federal government has had possession of cannabis outlawed since 1937 after every state had made the same decision, so across the land marijuana was illegal....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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The Mysterious LSD

- Since the 1930’s LSD has been a topic of discussion. LSD is known as one of the most controversial drugs ever created. Everything about the drug is mysterious and does not follow the norm of society. Users of LSD are people from solid middle- and upper-class backgrounds. They have many opportunities to pursue higher education and to have successful careers (Petechuk 9). To most, this statistic would seem unearthly, but LSD is notorious for giving keen insights to life, which is the main interest for consumers....   [tags: Drugs ]

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The Mysterious LSD

- Since the 1930’s lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as the hallucinogen LSD, has been a topic of controversy and mystery. The components of LSD are lysergic acid and diethylamide. As part of the ergoline family, LSD is often classified as a synthetic drug because it is produced only in a laboratory (Petechuk 10). Users of LSD are people from solid middle- and upper-class backgrounds. They have many opportunities to pursue higher education and to have successful careers (Petechuk 9). To most, this statistic would seem unusual, but LSD is notorious for giving keen insights to life, which is the main interest for its atypical consumers....   [tags: Drugs ]

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Legalization of Marijuana

- Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate. Many have pursued the legalization of marijuana for a variety of reasons – some seek legal marijuana for personal use, while others hope to legalize in order to reduce our Nation’s debt. People argue over the moral implications of permitting the widespread recreational and medicinal use of a ‘schedule 1’ drug. Lately, there has been a great deal of focus on the monetary value in the form of taxation revenue with respect to the legal production and distribution of marijuana....   [tags: Drugs]

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Drugs and Rock and Roll

- Drugs and Rock and Roll Beginning with the late 1960’s counterculture in San Francisco, music and drugs will forever be inter-linked. Hippie bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and Phish are associated with marijuana, mushrooms, and LSD. Modern electronic “rave” , or club music is associated with MDMA or Ecstasy. When one thinks of rock and roll, sex and drugs immediately come to mind. While the use of drugs is not essential for the creation or performance of all new music, it was certainly in important factor for the counterculture music of the late 1960’s....   [tags: Papers]

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Exploring Different Kinds of Drugs

- Exploring Different Kinds of Drugs Most of the drugs that people abuse have their effect on the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is located deep within the brain near the top of the brain stem. The limbic system produces the feelings of pleasure, pain, anger, and fear which characterize our emotions. All drugs of addiction work on our emotions. If a certain drug makes us feel very good, we tend to want to take that drug again and again. It is because of this temporary good feeling that we become psychologically addicted to a drug....   [tags: Papers]

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- This is a movie about a mother named Sara Goldfarb played by Ellen Burstyn, her son and only child Harry played by Jared Leto, his best friend Tyrone C. Love played by Marlon Wayans, and Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver played by Jennifer Connelly. The movie opens with a scene in which Harry is in the process of taking his mother’s television against her wishes. His mother is addicted to her T.V., and now that Harry has left home, it is her whole universe. Her favorite show is one where a man who has lost a lot of weight runs a game show....   [tags: essays research papers]

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How Drugs Helped Allen Ginsberg to be Creative

- After Ginsberg’s high school graduation in June of 1943 he immediately enrolled in Columbia University in New York City on a scholarship from the Young Men’s Hebrew Association in Paterson. In his early journals, he confessed that one of the primary reasons he applied to Columbia was because his secret crush, Paul Roth, had gone to Columbia a year earlier (Ginsberg). It was this secret, the proximity to his home in New Jersey, its credibility as a university, and the fact that it was his father’s alma mater that made Columbia Ginsberg’s first choice in colleges....   [tags: poetry, hallucinogens, spiritual journey]

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Athletes, Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Anabolic Steroids

- There are many types of steroids abused by athletes in order to increase their muscle mass and strength. Though steroids have a negative reputation, there are some that can be beneficial to athletes and certain patients. There are types of steroids called corticosteroids that have more medical uses to them and another type called anabolic-androgenic steroids that have a more limited medical use. The anabolic-androgenic are usually the steroids that are being abused by athletes (Bigelow, par.10)....   [tags: Athletes and Anabolic Steroids]

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The Impact of the Vietnam War on Veterans

- How did a Vietnam soldier's life change during and after the war. Society had a lot of different views regarding the soldiers and the war. When coming home veterans faced many distinct challenges. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helped to heal the nation. The Vietnam War had a major impact on the United States and the soldiers who fought in it. The Vietnam War was a violent and costly war that needed many men to fight for its cause. These men are now known as the Vietnam veterans. Numerous veterans who fought in the war were injured or lost a comrade during battle....   [tags: Vietnam Veterans Essays]

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What is the Purpose of the War on Terror?

- The War On Terror. It is a name that brings many strong thoughts and emotions to mind for Americans still to this today. It is has been Americas longest war, most expensive war, and a deadly conflict. All in all, the Iraqi War from 2003 to 2011 brought a cost of 500,000 lives from civilians to militants (Vergano 1). Among the U.S. army alone it is estimated that around 900,000 veterans have had some form of injury ranging from PTSD to amputations (Ruis 1). Not to mention, many experts say once all war reparations have been paid the war will cost upwards of three trillion dollars (Broder 1)....   [tags: Terrorism Essays]

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Dr. Oz 's New Miracle Drugs

- ... This is where the novels Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein come into play. They demonstrate that reading does indeed have an impact on the way you think, just look at Catherine the main protagonist of the story Northanger Abbey. She is deeply in love with reading Gothic novels, then suddenly begins to make profound assumptions about other characters such as General Tilney. We can also take a look at Victor Frankenstein and The Monster from the book “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Particularly the Monster, whom stumbles upon a few highly influential books which seemed to shape him into the being he becomes later in the story....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Novel, Gothic fiction]

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War On The Wrong Drug

- ... billions of dollars on health care on accidents concerning the use of tobacco. There are no reported deaths from marijuana use, ever (Volkman, 2015). Psychological and physical effects from using marijuana cannot permanently damage the body itself but, what smoking does to your organs can put you at risk as far as death. With marijuana being nontoxic, it can deflate the chances of specific cancers, and being the largest used legal drug, marijuana can be consumed in food and drink. Marijuana has zero reported deaths and limited amount of psychological effect on the body; it continues to be the treat of the nation in terms of drugs....   [tags: Cannabis, Recreational drug use, Drug, Hemp]

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Drug Influence in the United States and Mexico

- For more than forty years our country has had a problem with our southern border neighbor - Mexico. The issue with the increasing number of consumers of drugs along with the violence associated with the smuggling of narcotics can be traced back to 1954, during Eisenhower’s presidency (Suddath). When Eisenhower was president he realized that the rates of people using drugs was increasing, which is why he started a five member cabinet to stop the “narcotic addiction” (Suddath). Still this issue seemed to be a growing problem because in 1973 President Nixon founded the Drug Enforcement Administration (Suddath)....   [tags: drugs, weapon, border with mexico]

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A Handons Experience with the City of Miami Police Department

- Introduction Many of us that are born in a different country have a clue about the real party life style a person in Miami has. Not even those that live in outer states can come close enough about what Miami has to offer. Miami consist of beautiful woman, beaches, great tourist spots, and amazing night clubs. The night life in Miami is a totally different atmosphere than during the day. Starting with the people, cultures, music, and the way they are dressed down to their body language and acts they create....   [tags: drugs, police, city life]

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The Usage of Cocaine is Immoral

- The Usage of Cocaine is Immoral In the chapter Against the Legalization of Drugs by James Q. Wilson, he states that “tobacco shortens one’s life, cocaine debases it” (LaFollette, 2010: 333) as a result cocaine, as opposed to tobacco is morally wrong. Throughout this paper I will be discussing the many different effects and experiences of using illicit drugs. I will go into details of the harm it imposes towards others such as their partners, family and friends and how the society and community are affected as well....   [tags: illicit drugs, addiction]

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Legalize drugs

- Such an issue stirs up moral and religious beliefs; beliefs that are contrary to what America should "believe". However, such a debate has been apparent in the American marketplace of ideas before with the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920's. With the illegality of alcohol the mafia could produce liquor and therefore had considerable control over those who wanted their substance and service. The role that the mafia played in the 1920's has transformed into the corner drug dealers and drug cartel of the 1990's....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Drug War in Mexico

- What causes a group of people to continually risk their lives by attempting to enter a place where they experience a wide range of hostility. People of Mexican origin inhabited the Southwest United States long before the arrival of European Americans and the Caucasian citizens of this country. Yet now when they attempt to enter the U.S. they are met with anger, and discrimination (Library of Congress). Even with that being said if I try to gain the perspective of someone coming from Mexico to the United States, what drives you to try and enter a country where you face so much disrespect and hostility....   [tags: mexican immigration, discrimination, disrespect]

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Politics of Prohibition: Helpful Or Harmful To American Society?

- Politics of Prohibition: Helpful Or Harmful To American Society. During the duration of this paper, I will discuss an issue that has been controversial for over a century; prohibition and how it has effected, currently effects, and will, most likey, continue to effect American society. The aspects that I choose to address from this issue are political, historical, they make you wonder, and they should effect anyone who reads this paper. For decades, the American government has had a restriction or ban on drugs and alcohol....   [tags: alcohol, drugs, bootleg]

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Legalizing Marijuana Will Have Positive Effects on Society

- Marijuana is a commonly misunderstood substance that most Americans do not fully understand. The consumption marijuana has been researched in depth and proven to be one of the “most viable and safest sources of medical value to the many Americans suffering from Aids, Glaucoma, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, and Chronic Pains” (Medical Marijuana). According to the Institute of Medicines, “marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known”. Even though it will cause the demand to rise and will be used more., Marijuana should be leagalized because it has been proven to have medical benifits and it will lower crime rate....   [tags: drugs, medicine, criminal justice]

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The African American Subculture in Changes by Tupac

- ... Example of police officers brutality in the 1990s would be Rodney King and the LAPD. King, an African American man who was beat down severely by multiple police officers after he stopped resisting. Even with video evidence of police brutality, the predominantly white jurors acquitted the police officers involved (Rodney King). This incident triggered massive riots in Los Angeles areas. Tupac was aware of the violence and saw no change from decades ago; racism was alive and thrived in the streets of America....   [tags: rapper, brutality, drugs]

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The Use of Canines in Law Enforcement

- The term “man’s best friend” stems from the domestication of canines in early history. Studies have shown that these four legged creatures became domesticated over 33,000 years ago. Starting with the wolf, there are now over 400 different types of breeds. Dogs were first used as helpers. People would use them for jobs such as hunting and herding. As time went by, people began to use them more for aid and protection. The U.S. Army was the first to initiate the use of K9 Units in 1835. Europe, Belgium, Germany, and Hungary realized the potential of these canines and picked up on the idea in the late 1800s....   [tags: domestication, training, drugs]

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Legalizing Marijuana: Pros and Cons

- The war on drugs is a movement of prohibition and military aid being undertaken by the United States government intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade. In the year 2010 the U.S. government spent $15 billion on the war on drugs, at a rate of $500 per second. State and local governments spent another $25 billion as well. In 2007, $42 billion was spent on the marijuana prohibition. That is more money than the war on drugs spent on all types of drugs three years before when $40 billion was spent all together....   [tags: Drugs, Pros and Cons]

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African Americans in Prison and the Jim Crow Laws

- ... Once I began to research the “new Jim Crow laws” , they spiked my attention. I initially found it hard to believe that any current laws could compare to the horrible laws associated with JIm Crow. First I listened to a National Public Radio News podcast titled "Jim Crow Is Far From Dead." the host brought on an author of a book with this title “ Jim Crow Is Far From Dead.", Michelle Alexander and had her defend her ideas discussed in her book. Alexander (2010) did clarify for me that she and others with her same idea did not believe a set of individual laws that equated the laws of Jim crow but that the current criminal Justice system puts African Americans dispositionally in positions...   [tags: population, numbers, drugs, crimes]

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Marijuana Legalized: How It Can Positively Effect Our Society

- The dispute over the legalization of cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, is one of the most controversial issues ever to take place in the United States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands of years in many countries across the globe. Legalization should be considered despite efforts made by groups who say marijuana is a harmful drug that will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances. The legalization of marijuana can improve our society by helping with our economy, freeing legal resources, and benefiting the overall health of the nation though medical uses....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs]

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Exploring John Mill's Harm Principle

- Freedom is a necessary principle to abide by in order for the human race to function. On the other hand, freedom can be taken advantage of, thus resulting in harmful consequences to those directly and indirectly involved. The article, “On Liberty” by John S. Mills, places emphasis on the functioning of individual liberty and its co-existence with society. Mills stresses the limits of individual liberty through what is famously known as his Harm Principle: "the only purpose for which power may be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others....   [tags: drugs, philosophy, On Liberty]

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Legalizing Marijuana in the United States

- ... Pain comes in as the number one condition treated with cannabis followed by migraines. Marijuana also provides a great relief from nausea is an appetite stimulant, helps with depression and is useful for helping people with sleeping difficulties. Other conditions that marijuana may benefit include: seizures, glaucoma, peripheral neuropathy, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder, Tourette's syndrome, ADD, and panic attacks. Cannabis has provided millions worldwide with relief from chronic pain caused by a myriad of pain-producing illnesses....   [tags: drugs, death, medical, reasons]

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Drug War

- The United States economy is in what can be considered a depression. The government hasn’t made many strides to fix this issue, they just keep raising the debt ceiling. A market exists that is worth trillions of dollars per year, the market being the illegal drug market. If Congress were to take the initiative and propose some law to legalize all drugs they could increase tax revenue, cut funding from some programs, and reduce collateral damage to society caused by the drug subculture. If drugs were legalized there would be tons of money to be made not only in sales tax but in business tax and in income tax....   [tags: taxation, economy, tax revenues, legalization]

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Personal Opinion Essay: Should Marijuana be Legalized?

- Right now in this country (and many other countries for that matter) we are experiencing a transitional period that is dependent on legislation, legislation that is bound to reinforce or oppress marijuana legalization. It’s not every day that states have policy that conflicts with federal laws and everyone seems to have an opinion. There are many options on the table for law makers. We could see the federal government enforce their current marijuana laws by cracking down and increase their raids on dispensaries, or they could make marijuana a higher priority with agencies from the DEA to local law enforcement....   [tags: Medical, Recreational, Drugs]

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I Support the Decriminalization of All Drugs

- When societies finally become comfortable with reality, they begin to abandon the murderous laws that impede their growth. Currently, the social stigma and legislated morality regarding the use of illicit drugs yield perhaps the most destructive effects on American society. Drug laws have led to a removal of non-violent citizens from society- either directly by incarceration or indirectly by death - that is genocidal in quantity and essence. I base my support of the decriminalization of all drugs on a principle of human rights, but the horror and frustration with which I voice this support is based on practicality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Defining War

- What is war. Is it as simple as one entity against another, or is it something more. Can it be defined as simply killing, or can warfare exist without bloodshed. Reading stories and journals on previous warfare shows that there’s always more than one side. There are infinitely many viewpoints when it comes to this topic, including its overdrawn controversy among people. There are people that believe war is a necessity for this world to function, you have people that are strictly against war, and some are even indifferent about the subject....   [tags: Military History ]

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South America: The Drug War in Columbia

- This week’s readings were on South America. The section that stuck out to me the most was the “drug war” in Columbia. This affected me the most because a friend of mine was recently deployed to Columbia to assist with putting a stop to the “war on drugs” and the Cartel. He is currently in the Special Forces. He mentioned that even after two tours in Iraq, a tour in Afghanistan, and being in Afghanistan now, the Columbia deployment was the roughest, and most violent. For decades, drug traffickers, especially the various cartels have used and abused Mexico’s political system/s to traffic drugs in and out of the country, and into other countries around the world....   [tags: drug traffickers, cartels]

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Drugs, Cheating, and the Purity of America's Pastime

-      Most children who have grown up in an American household have at one point in their lives looked up to sports figures as heroes. Whether it was your grandfather telling his stories of watching Babe Ruth become a legend, your father’s stories of Mickey Mantle and the legendary Yankee teams of the 1950’s and 1960’s, or your own memory of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chasing the home run record, the feeling of wholesomeness that baseball provides has always found its way into many people’s hearts....   [tags: Baseball Sports Steroids essays research papers]

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Civil War

- The Civil War was the fundamental event in America's historical realization. The war fixed two necessary questions which left it unclear by the revolution. The war all started because of rigid differences between the freemen and the slave states over the power of the national government to ban slavery in the regions that had not became states yet. The American Civil War was the biggest and by far the most vicious battle in the Western world between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the beginning of World War I in 1914....   [tags: medicine,health, slaves]

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Prohibition: A Failed Policy

- Intro: On Jan. 17, 1920 the US government enacted what would be one of the most failed and harmful policies of our history. Within five years alone, New York city had up to 100,000 speakeasy clubs, and the addiction rate had gone up by 44.6. Crime, homicide, burglary, and assault and battery had all risen by double digest percentages as well. Just 13 years later, the same amount of time the iPod has been around, the age of prohibition ended. Einstein defined “Insanity: [as] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results....   [tags: illegal, drugs, regulation]

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The Legalization of Marijuana

- Since the dawn of the trade, drugs have been a hot commodity. There is an incredibly large market for drugs all over the world. Infact, many governments attempt to squash this trade by criminalizing drugs, their dealers and their users. However, does this really work. As witnessed in many of the lessons provided during class, the war on drugs seems to be a moot point . Instead of banishing the drug trade, all the war on drugs seems to be doing is creating power vacuums to be filled by the most ruthless and terrorizing citizens of those countries producing drugs....   [tags: brief history, trade, drugs]

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Mexico's Drug War

- A former director of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Mexican office once stated:” The heroin market abhors a vacuum.” The truth in this statement can be extended to not only the heroin trade but also the trade of numerous other drugs of abuse; from cocaine to methamphetamines, the illicit drug trade has had a way of fluidity that allows insert itself into any societal weakness. Much like any traditional commodity good, illicit drugs have become not only an economy in and of themselves, they have transformed into an integral part of the legitimate global economy....   [tags: United States Drug Enforcement Agency]

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Impact of Vietnam War on American Culture

- The Vietnam War began in the year 1954, after the ascension to power of Ho Chi Minh, who was a communist leader in North Vietnam. The leader was spreading communism, and because the United States wanted to stop the spread, it sent military troops to aid South Vietnamese to stop this vice. The war saw about 3million people die with the inclusion of 58,000 American soldiers. About 150,000 people were wounded during the war. In 1975, South Vietnamese government surrendered the war after the communist forces forced them to surrender....   [tags: North ietnam, Communist Leader, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Horrors of War: Coping In The Things They Carried

- Author and Vietnam veteran Tim Obrien writes of the horrors of the Vietnam War through a collection of related short stories in his novel, The Things They Carried. It is a work of fiction mixed with bits of truth based on his experiences during the war. The novel is heralded by many as a modern classic and one of the quintessential novels to read in a lifetime. The novel has inspired two feature films, and can be found on the required reading lists of high school history classes and college literature courses across the United States....   [tags: Tim Obrien, Vietnam veteran stories]

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LSD History/Effects

- LSD History/Effects Lysergic acid diethylamide– LSD– comes from lysergic acid which comes from ergot, a fungus found on grains such as rye. This drug was revealed in 1938. LSD causes hallucinations resulting in peoples’ minds functioning differently. People usually tend to “hear” colors and “see” sounds. Some experiences might be enjoyable, but then other “trips” have the potential to be bad. Those on a bad trip may experience strong feelings of confusion, discomfort, and fear. Flashbacks can occur anytime even after just one dose of LSD....   [tags: Drugs]

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A Brief View Of The History Of Marijuana Legalization

- The legalization of marijuana is, and has been a heavily disputed issue for decades. On one hand, marijuana could lead to a medical breakthrough, or at least provide relief to cancer and AIDS patients. On the other hand, legalizing a drug could expose it to too broad an audience. As a drug, marijuana has never proven to be anywhere near as harmful as cigarettes or alcohol. Each year in the United States, 400,000 people die from tobacco, 50,000 from alcohol, and from marijuana, zero. Regardless of what side one may take to this argument, there are some causes to this marijuana debate that everyone should know....   [tags: Illegal Drugs]

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The Events that Led up to the Vietnam War

- Vietnam at War Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries of the world. It had fought for independence for over two thousand years to protect its culture from the invading countries like China, Japan, France and America. The Vietnam War which is also referred to as the Second Indochina War lasted from 1959 to 1975 (Bradley, 2009). Before French colonization Vietnam was under the influence of Chinese domination. It was known to contain different ethnicities and languages, and great diversity in social, religious and cultural values....   [tags: Southeast Asian modern history]

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Drug Q&A

- (a) (i) An agonist is a drug that mimics a natural messenger and activates the associated receptor for that messenger. Nicotine is an agonist for the acetylcholine receptor. (ii) A competitive antagonist is an antagonist whose degree of antagonism is directly linked to the relative concentrations of the agonist and the antagonist. This indicates that both agonist and antagonist bind to the same site on the receptor or that the antagonist directly interferes with the binding of the agonist. This is a dose response curve illustrates the response to a competitive antagonist alone This is dose response curve of a competitive antagonist in the presence of an agonist (iii)A non-competitive a...   [tags: Drugs]

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Keeping America Safe

- Mexico was once a destination where people dreamed of going to. Warm weather, sunny beaches and many different cultural experiences were everywhere. For either spring break or a nice place to retire to Mexico brought thousands of tourists every year, but many things have changed over the past few years. What was once a warm beautiful place has now turned into a war zone. Drugs, gangs, and mass murders have become an everyday problem....   [tags: Legal Issues, Illegal Drugs]

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Peru and Why They Are Number One

- Peru and Why They Are Number One The trafficking of illegal drugs is nothing new, yet most governments have not found a successful way to halt the production and distribution of these drugs. These drugs include cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine which are widely known and used every day. The drug trade is the third largest in the world, valued at around $300-400 billion by the United Nations. Cannabis remains the most widely produced, trafficked and abused illicit substance in the world, with 147 million people using it, equally to about 2.5% of the world’s population; it is being produced in practically every country....   [tags: illegal drugs, cocaine, global implications]

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The Colombian Conflict

- ... By doing so, Colombia can also provide safe environments in which representatives from the state can work in, and the citizens of the area can engage and contact them without the fear of being targeted by the various armed groups involved in the conflict. Investigation groups can also be set up in relation to the extrajudicial killings. That way, convictions rates can increase and also be proceeded to provide justice and sentences. Thirdly, violations against trade unionists are also a major issue prevalent in Colombia today....   [tags: farc, devastating violence, drugs]

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A Call for a Revision of Mandatory Minumum Drug Laws

- ... This creates a sentencing inversion.” With the discretion of the judges included in the sentencing process, the offenders will get the sentence equal to the crime they committed. A job of a judge is to determine the sentence for an offender that will be fair and just. Through the establishment of this law, judges cannot add their input for when there is extreme circumstances, but the offenders must serve the time attributed to the crime committed. One of the more serious problem with mandatory minimum sentences is that they have a disparate effect on non-White offenders....   [tags: drugs, sentence, judges, severity, laws]

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Legalizing Drugs or Joining the Drug Addict Circle?

- Over the years, drug abuse has been a rising problem in almost every country in the world. Day by day more people are involved in this endless cycle of drug craving, money shortage, and drug related crimes. Congressmen and politicians of United States, seeing this unstoppable crime wave which is about to spread throughout the country, begin to address various kinds of possible solutions to end this crisis in the most efficient and effective way. As discussed in Alan M. Dershowitz's "The Case for Medicalizing Heroin" and Charles B....   [tags: Current Events]

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The Welfare Provided For British People at the Beginning of World War Two

- The Welfare Provided For British People at the Beginning of World War Two 1. The welfare at the beginning of world war two covers many areas such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, pensions and childcare. The first subject I'm going to discuss is health insurance. Health care or health insurance started early on in the century. In 1907 a school medical service was provided which tested children's health and recommended treatment when needed. In 1912 this was improved and children could now be treated for free in their school clinics....   [tags: WWII World War 2 Essays]

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Why Marijuana Should be Legalized

- Debate on why Marijuana should be legalized Marijuana is a public name for an illegal substance (drug) produced from the Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) plant. It is also called weed, ganja, grass, kaya and pot. The drug has many chemical compounds and in particular, it has THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is responsible for changing mind functions leading to alternations of cognition, mood, behavior, perception and consciousness. “It is the most widely used illicit substance in the world” (World, 2010, p....   [tags: Drugs, Social Issues, Legal Issues]

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Sex and Drugs Have Always Been in the Music

- It seems as if someone is always complaining about popular music on the market.  References to illegal drugs and sexual conduct are two of the most common complaints.  Adults claim that rock and roll stars are bad influences to children.  The lyrical content of songs and the examples set by musical idols are not suitable for minors.  Today's music, especially, tests the limits of good taste.  Objections to artists like Eminem, Lil' Kim, and Fred Durst are everyday occurrences, but what the judgmental public and media do not discuss is that these complaints are anything but new.  Songs by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Doors have also been objects of this type of condemnatio...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Coca and the Cocaine War

- THE COCA AND THE COCAINE WAR The current “War on Drugs” involves skirmishes in an arena with two fronts: The consumer and the manufacturer. The successes and failures of the battle are not clearly identified without first looking at how the battle can be ultimately won. When it comes to cocaine, the problem of punishing the whole instead of the individual is hard to define. Many countries use the raw ingredient, the coca plant, as part of a social and cultural structure. The only way to win the “War on Drugs” is to focus war efforts on fighting the manufacturer of the finished cocaine product....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Effects Of War And Music Together

- The Effects of War and Music Together How are music and war related. Music puts a voice in the people’s ears, and tells them whether or not we should be involved in that war. It helped out the troops when they were over seas to not be so home sick. Also, every war preceding the Vietnam War had music to help or support the war, but the Vietnam War is where music during wartime changed. The Vietnam War has been called "America's first rock-and-roll war" because of rock music that was played and listened to by all Americans....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Country Risk Assessment on Japanese Imports of Drugs

- Country Risk Assessment on Japanese Imports of Drugs History Japan, being the world’s most dynamically competitive nation, is facing an ironic balance in trade with the U.S. The Japanese economy relies too heavily on exports, especially to the U.S., causing increasing trade surpluses. They have been in a repetitive cycle for the last 25 years in which the government allows the yen to fall against the dollar to boost exports and restrict domestic growth to dampen imports. The Japanese government has set too many trade restrictions on U.S....   [tags: Economics Politics]

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It's Time to End the Drug War

- It's Time to End the Drug War Uhh, uhhh B.I.G., P-O, P-P-A No info, for the, DEA Federal agents mad cause I'm flagrant Tap my cell, and the phone in the basement -Notorious B.I.G. lyrics from “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” In Christopher Wallace’s (a.k.a. Notorious BIG) “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, the late rapper from Brooklyn mentions his run in with the police earlier in his life. Christopher Wallace came to be known as arguably the greatest rapper the world has ever heard, but before the days as a famous entertainer Christopher Wallace an average crack dealer in New York....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Medical Advancements During World War Two

- ... Pharmaceutical companies researched many medicaments to see if they could potentially cure other diseases or infections than originally thought. They were looking for new possible curing abilities that a drug may have. An example of a famous, world-changing drug that was used a lot during World War Two is “M+B”. It was created by the May and Baker company, and was used to treat many infectious diseases such as gonorrhea, pneumonia, and many other diseases of the sort. Winston Churchill, the prime-minister of Britain at the time, was actually treated for pneumonia by “M+B”....   [tags: medications, antibiotics, pain]

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Drug Dealing: Nearing Its End?

- The drug scourge facing the Americas has spread and created disaster, but in the end, it might come to an end through legalization. It is critical to examine several key components to fully understand how drug cartels, specifically South American, work and how there is the possibility of stopping this grand diffusion that has mostly taken place in this last half century. The inner workings of the cartels are complex and essential to their success and spread. Part of the process is how drugs get shipped to different parts of the world....   [tags: Drugs & Alcohol]

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Applying Chemistry to Fighting Cancer

- ... A chemical agent known as mustard gas was used in combat during World War I, and later studied during World War II. It was found to be effective in fighting the cancers of the bone marrow cells. This cancer, known as Lymphoma, was the result of the exposure that soldiers had to mustard gas. As research went on, scientists found a compound of mustard gas, called nitrogen mustard, was effective at fighting Lymphoma. The nitrogen mustard agent became the model for future effective agents that were able to kill quickly growing cancer cells by damaging the cells’ DNA....   [tags: chemotherapy drugs]

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The Horrors of a Child Soldier

- Child Soldiers Since 1998 over 100000 child soldiers have been released from armed groups and that is just a few of the many more children that have been abducted by rebels and other military groups. These children are forced to fight for these groups and in return the children get drugs and get addicted so they will come back to their groups to get more. The use of Child soldiers is horrific but the history of the problem does not go back too far but the extent of the problem today has been terrifying....   [tags: Abduction, Drugs]

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The USA and Latin American Countries After the Cold War

- ... Because with time, everything can change. After the fall of the Cold War the global world changed completely. The US had made many bold moves in order the keep it’s hegemony and to fight off communism.Which led the United states to losing its global power status and made it adjust to the criticisms coming from all angles. Latin American countries finally saw a way to set themselves free and advance into the world market and more so, into the multipolar world that would soon be in full force....   [tags: military cooperation, interests]

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The Civil War

- ... The State military, the guerrillas and the paramilitaries, are individuals who make rational choices to protect their own interests, within the set political and social structures of their organizations. It is the interaction between these goals and behaviours that have solidified and protracted the civil war. Richani’s analysis looks at the different institutions of armed actors from a political sociological approach. Causes of the Conflict is complex and the factors that have contributed to the Colombian civil war....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Smuggling, Colombia]

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The Miracles of Cannabis

- The Miracles of Cannabis There are so many advancements being made in the medical field with cannabis. Cancer patients are finally receiving some relief from nausea, among other symptoms, with this much known and popular drug. Also, our soldiers and veterans returning from the war overseas can get relief from the posttraumatic stress depression they are burdened with on a daily basis. Some even say that if they use it with the onset of a migraine, it prevents the migraine completely. Cannabis has more medical value then some people realize....   [tags: Medicinal Drugs]

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The Price of Success

- “At age 18, John Doe was a senior in high school bench-pressing 300 pounds. His abilities were backed by countless hours of training in the gym throughout his tenure in high school. John then went on to college and continued his strength-training regimen for his four years spent there. During that time, he raised his benching ability from 300 pounds to 420 pounds. Many athletes would be thrilled to get even 200 pounds let alone 420, but John wanted to test his capabilities and kept going. John began a cycle of anabolic steroids after graduating from college....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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The Drug War

- The consensus in regard to drug laws favors more stringent and domineering laws, with the attempt to quell use and punish crime. There are many claims used against drug legalization, such as, moral degradation, crime, the destruction of inner cities, along with families, diseases, such as AIDS, and the corrupting of law enforcement. When one examines the effects of prohibition, one has to inquire: has the price been worth it. Certainly, an argument for the abolition of prohibition does not include the favoring of drug use, but merely recognizes the vain and utopian attempt to control individual choices....   [tags: American Government, The Constitution]

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The Drug Problem and the Current Justice System

- The Drug Problem and the Current Justice System The United States Correctional System is often challenged as to whether it wants to rehabilitate drug offenders or punish them, and because of this it mostly does neither. Even though drug abuse and drug trafficking are widely spread national issues, the mental, social, and economic costs of "healing" through incarceration are only making the "disease" worse. Never before have more prisoners been locked up on drug offenses than today. Mixed with the extremely high risks of today's prison environment, the concept of incarceration as punishment for drug offenders cannot be successful....   [tags: Argumentative Drugs Prison Legal]

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Drug War

- Drug War or Hypocritical Policies As of April 21, 2005, the U.S has spent $6,193,703,704 Federal dollars and $9,507,335,186 State dollars1on the “Drug War” in America. Has all of this money gone to waste or are we fighting the inevitable. I say the inevitable. We as Americans don’t want the governments side of EVERYTHING we have a say in what goes on in this country, don’t we. If this is so why then is this occurring: “In 2000 it was discovered that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy used financial incentives to get newspapers and magazines to editorialize in favor of the drug war and get TV and movie producers to change their scripts to reflect pro-drug war views....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Unfair Drug Laws in America

- The existing drug laws are very inefficient. This paper will focus on the people and the specific elements that are affected by the inefficiency of the drug laws. When looking at the drug laws at a glance a person might be lead to think that they would be very effective and they seem reasonable. While drug laws in themselves are necessarily wrong, some of the discrepancies in the laws make them unfair and take from the category of handing down justice and puts them into the category of cruel and unusual....   [tags: Argumentative Drugs Marijuana Essays]

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The Legacy of President Ronald Reagan

- During the 1980s, the legacy of Ronald Reagan was reflected upon the Iran-Contra affair, the fall of communism, and the impact of illegal drugs. The Iran-Contra affair jeopardized the very legacy of the president. Reagan was appraised for and credited for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the global threat of communism. Another form of threat to the legacy of Reagan and his administration was the threat of illegal drugs in the United States. Thus proving how much the 1980s was an era of both turmoil and triumph that could have affected the outcome of the president's legacy....   [tags: iran-contra affair, illegal drugs, communism]

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Evolving Structure of Mexican Drug Cartels

- "A businessman, and a business woman sit across from each other in negotiations. The man proposes four thousand pesos, and the woman says she can't afford that much. She counter-offers with twenty-five hundred pesos. The man agrees and leaves. This was a weekly payment for the protection of the woman's local business against the Juarez Cartel." (Lacey, M. 2010). Many critics are now making comparisons between the Mexican drug cartels, like the one mentioned above, and legitimate corporations like Netflix, or Google....   [tags: juarez cartel, mexican cartels, trafficking drugs]

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World War II - Australian Prisoners of War in Japan

- In 1937, Japan started a war against China, in search of more resources to expand its empire. In 1941, during World War II, Japan attacked America which is when the Allies (Australia, Britain etc.) then declared war on Japan. Before long the Japanese started extending their territory closer and closer to Australia and started taking surrendering troops into concentration camps where they were starved, diseased and beaten. When they were captured, one survivor reports that they were told ‘You are the guest of the Japanese you will be spared but not your country....   [tags: Japan, Allies, Geneva Convention]

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