Substance Abuse In The United States

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Substance Abuse In our daily lives, we can see how drugs affect our society. It could be by watching movies, news, or Colombian soap operas. Drugs have been around for thousands of years, some being legal at first then becoming illegal when realizing the effects and consequences. Most recreational drugs are illegal nowadays. Somehow, there is always a way to get drugs any place in the world. There is an infinite way of transporting illegal drugs. Drug cartels have used the most creative ways possible to move drugs in and out of every country. They have gone as far as buying submarines to move this illegal merchandise. Because of the easy money, there are thousands of people getting involved in these operations and will continue growing…show more content…
Their statistics imply that there are around 35 million people infected with HIV worldwide, plus 2.7 million new cases in the year 2010 alone. Their latest numbers specify that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and one in five do not know it. (UNODC 2012) By outlawing the over the counter sales of hypothermic needles, it has encouraged needle sharing (Siegel446). Only a very small amount of blood is necessary to infect another user. It could be on your hands, cookers, or even filters. There are different ways in which the user can reduce the risks of spreading or contracting HIV infection. First and most important, never share any equipment used to do drugs, always clean your needles, cookers, and surroundings. This virus can survive in a used syringe for up four weeks (AIDS org. 2012). It is better to prevent, than to regret,…show more content…
These classes are class A, class B, and class C each and every one of these classes have different kinds of penalties for dealing and possession. The drugs that are included in Class A are Ecstasy, LSD, heroin, cocaine, crack, magic mushrooms, and amphetamines. The penalty of possession of any of these drugs is up to seven years in prison of an unlimited fine. The penalty of dealing is up to life in prison. Class B drugs include amphetamines, cannabis, and Ritalin. The possession of any of these is up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine. When it comes to dealing it could be up to fourteen years in prison. The last one, Class C, includes tranquilizers, some painkillers, GHB, and ketamine. The possession penalty if caught with possession of any of these substances is up to two years in prison and if caught dealing up to fourteen years in prison. This information was acquired in the home office webpage of the United Kingdom, therefor may not be accurate with the American or Panamanian Law. (Types of Drugs

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