First off, I would like to thank Gardner for his enlightening point of view, of how gang violence is heavily influenced by the whole drug trade and the black market that associates itself with it. It actually makes sense that drugs are a major influence in gangs, in which I personally never strained my brain to think about. Yet, I don’t quite commend his view that increasing law enforcement actually increases
Christina Grimes November 11, 2008 English Composition 120 Mrs. D. Tatum Paper #2 Cause/Effect Crack Cocaine: The Harmful Effects The use of crack cocaine, an extremely addictive and potentially deadly drug, results in many negative effects. Whether using or experimenting with crack cocaine, very seldom do people understand the severity of the drug, or realize the effects that causes dramatic changes in their life. When broken into two main categories crack cocaine has short and long-term effects. The effects of using crack cocaine enables detrimental, emotional, and mental aspects of a drug user’s life. Like most other illicit drugs, crack cocaine remains extremely insidious, because even with the possibility of death, drug addicts continue to use without caution.
Legalize It Every year in America billions of dollars are made illegally, thousands of people are imprisoned, and even more people lose their lives to drugs. On a broad level, illegal drugs ruin whole communities by perpetuating the disease of addiction and engulfing neighborhoods in the gang violence that inevitably comes with illegal drug trafficking. On a more personal level, illegal drugs ruin lives by making people turn their backs on loved ones and causing them to throw away their dreams. Most people agree that a problem that is this pervasive and expansive must be dealt with, but few can agree on a solution. There is only one practical solution.
They claim that drug use is a victimless crime and that people who use drugs are only hurting themselves and no one else. Other supporters believe that crime would actually decrease if drugs were made readily obtainable. They claim that because drugs are illegal it creates a subculture that wants to rebel in any shape or form necessary. A big fault lies in this theory. If drugs were legalized, a massive black market would continue to exist.
“Speakeasies of the Prohibition Era” an article by Kathy Weiser explains how all speakeasies and anything else to do with illegal alcohol actions led to the unhealthy era of America. Connected with poverty, crime, corruption, social problems and tax burdens drinking was said to be the source of all evil (Weiser). Why America kept this Amendment in for thirteen years no one still knows because it did not make us a healthier place to live as a
Soon the government invested money just for the research of the influenza epidemic, it wasn’t much and the studies for it didn’t begin until the pandemic was over and a lot of Americans began to loose interest in what caused it. (http://www.pandemicflu.gov/general/greatpandemic2.html) The short term effect of this pandemic was that it killed millions of our people not just in the U S but all around the world, which is never a good thing. The long term effect was that it gave scientists and physicians cause to research and learn more about what caused this pandemic and rectify it or at least ensure that this won’t happen to the extent that it did. It also opened up the doors for research into other fields of medicine. Another problem that I reflected on was the way African Americans were still being treated in the 1900’s.
When I did get caught up in the legal system, the first question my attorney asked was, “Are you an addict?” He further explained that if I was on drugs when I committed my crime, the District Attorney would be willing to make a deal for less jail time. The reasoning was that by being an addict I was not responsible for my actions, due to the fact that I was under the influence of a narcotic. The basic relationship between drug use and crime is simple. It is a crime to possess, manufacture, or distribute any drugs with a high potential for abuse such as marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“Criminals” will always find a way to get ahold of something they want, take a look at drugs for example it’s illegal but that hasn’t stopped these people from acquiring it. There was a similar event in the early 1900’s called Prohibition where the U.S decided to put a nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages and with this ban it put the government down in debt and crime rate rose up, and then “criminals” like Al Capone were all gaining from this making and selling of illegal alcohol. So by banning the right to bear arms from civilians would just be dejavu and almost mediocre. One might object that guns should be banned because of all the innocent people that have been killed like the kids and teachers from Sandy Hook and bring up statistics of how many people have been killed because of it but like I
These global crimes are not influenced by violence, but cause major damage to those affected. Global Drug Trade According to the United Nations Drug Report 2013, in 2011 between 167 and 315 million people consumed illicit drugs at least once last year. Around 10% of users are considered “problem drug users”; this is a disturbing percentage because more than 100,000 people die each year as a result of illicit drug use (Wolf & Pham, 2012). There are several problems linked with the illegal drug trade as it continue to grow globally. Global drug abuse and ease of access have become extremely complex, as trafficking routes are shorter, varied, and easily traversed, and as the demand for heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and amphetamines become increasingly global, so does drug trafficking (United Nations
Why Drugs Are Bad Drugs have been a nonstop war with the government for centuries. Marijuana is currently the most abused drug in the USA. The US government has tried many strategies to get rid of Marijuana. Strategies to get rid of marijuana include busting drug dealers and giving fun facts about Marijuana to stop people from abusing it. The legalization of marijuana would be unbeneficial to society because teenagers have a higher risk for dropping out, Marijuana is harmful to the brain and there are dangers related to addiction.