Drugs and Society Essay

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| | | Drugs and Society SPS-304-GS Question #2 2a) The U.S. government had little to no laws about regulating the use or selling of drugs which is the laissez-faire attitude until the 1800’s. During the 21st century is when the U.S. started spending billions of dollars on trying to control the sale and purchase of drugs. Laws were instated that were signed and enforced to prevent the selling and purchasing of drugs. The U.S. government became concerned about toxicity, dependency, and crime surrounding the chemical substance. The government was worried that the seller was not properly identifying the chemical substance by labeling the item and stating what was in the substance. They were also worried that the purchaser was not aware of all the possible side effects that could happen when taking the substance. The U.S. was trying to stop the use of drugs to help prevent criminal acts that could possibly happen while under the influence. 2b) The DAWN program is that collects data that deals with either death due to drugs or emergency room visits that deal with the usage of drugs. Emergency personnel are responsible for reporting any case that involves substance use. Corners are responsible for reporting any deaths that involve substance usage. There is a benefit to the program because it allows society better opportunities to understand the chemical imbalances that one’s mind and body may go through while taking these substances and the amount of time it takes for the substance to excrete the body. And if there are any long term affects from taking the substance. There are a few major draw backs to the program: 1) the program is only established in metropolitan areas which leaves a lot of room for error in the data, 2.) how accurate is the data that is collected, and 3) Studies show that alcohol related incidents are the highest in the

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