Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50 percent of Americans used at least one prescription in the last month. Of those, about 20 percent are prescribed three or more prescriptions for legal drugs. When prescribed by a physician in an office setting, the most prescribed drugs are pain relievers, antidepressants, and drugs to control cholesterol. These drugs are also commonly prescribed at the hospital in an outpatient or emergency setting. While some drugs like these are legal, some drugs remain illegal. The difference between legal drugs and illegal drugs is based on the impact of the drug on the person and the community.
The following are some reasons why some drugs are illegal:
- The drug puts the user in danger and offers no medical benefit. Drugs like PCP, LSD, cocaine, meth, heroin, Ecstasy, and Rohypnol offer no medical benefit for the user. None of these drugs has uses that have been approved by the medical community. However, these drugs put a person in danger of addiction, heart problems, kidney problems, lowered respiration, overdose, and even death.
- The drug puts other people in danger. Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, PCP, Peyote, and mushrooms can alter a person’s perception of reality and can cause a person to see and hear things. As a result, a person may harm someone who is perceived to be a threat. Furthermore, drugs like cocaine increase aggression in the user, putting others at risk. Drugs debilitate a person and cause memory loss, and drugs are commonly a contributor to date rape.
- The drug increases a risk of violence. According to the World Health Organization, drug use and violence is a common problem among a number of countries. The violence experienced includes assault, robbery, rape, and abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual). This violence can be linked in a number of ways. First, drug-related violence can be due to a drug’s influence physiologically, often altering a person’s emotions, thoughts, and inhibitions. Second, drug-related violence can come from the user committing a crime in order to fund drug use. Third, violence can occur because it is an inherent part of the illegal drug culture.
Drugs that have been deemed illegal are simply dangerous. The physical, emotional, and psychological fallouts of using these drugs are severe and can be long lasting, both for the user and for the victim. If you are addicted to an illegal drug, get professional help immediately. You are at a great risk of putting yourself and others in danger.
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