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Hi there,

I'm not sure if that is an essay question or not. The issue is complicated, not least because drugs became illegalised at certain moments of time, for various reasons.

The obvious answer is that of health and potential damage that can be done to the minds and bodies or users, as well as the knock on effects of crime committed by users who need money to continue to buy or the crimes committed by those who make them as well as inter-gang wars that can swallow up communities.

However, it might also be said that the first (health and addiction) are used by a state that chooses to see people as unable to make choices for themselves; it might be said that those who try and use drugs (some of them) for part of their lives do not go on to become habitual users, and that cocaine (for example) tends to be used by the wealthy and there is little or no problem with procurement.

It could also be said that addiction cannot be considered a given by product of drug use, and that addiction is a form of illness - in the same way alcohol is.

It might be argued that to legalise drugs would help release it from crime and could safeguard users from 'dirty' drugs and criminals who sell them. It would also enable people to come forward for help as well as free adults to properly explore drug usage with young people instead of setting themselves against the spirit of exploration that characterises that particular developmental phase.

Why can't people have the choice whether to use drugs or not? The answer might be found in the ideological positons of those who illegalised them and imposed a 'war' on drugs. It might be found in the responses of the USA to the south American countries where drugs production could be found (Columbia, for example).

Hi there,

I'm not sure if that is an essay question or not. The issue is complicated, not least because drugs became illegalised at certain moments of time, for various reasons.

The obvious answer is that of health and potential damage that can be done to the minds and bodies or users, as well as the knock on effects of crime committed by users who need money to continue to buy or the crimes committed by those who make them as well as inter-gang wars that can swallow up communities.

However, it might also be said that the first (health and addiction) are used by a state that chooses to see people as unable to make choices for themselves; it might be said that those who try and use drugs (some of them) for part of their lives do not go on to become habitual users, and that cocaine (for example) tends to be used by the wealthy and there is little or no problem with procurement.

It could also be said that addiction cannot be considered a given by product of drug use, and that addiction is a form of illness - in the same way alcohol is.

It might be argued that to legalise drugs would help release it from crime and could safeguard users from 'dirty' drugs and criminals who sell them. It would also enable people to come forward for help as well as free adults to properly explore drug usage with young people instead of setting themselves against the spirit of exploration that characterises that particular developmental phase.

Why can't people have the choice whether to use drugs or not? The answer might be found in the ideological positons of those who illegalised them and imposed a 'war' on drugs. It might be found in the responses of the USA to the south American countries where drugs production could be found (Columbia, for example).

is this a set question or one you have picked? you can argue that people do have a choice to take them. they are illegal but still people have access to them. you could identify the reasons they take drugs ,access and  prevention.

Are you looking to answer if drugs should not be illegal ? If so you need to discuss the pros and cons of both sides and why they are not legal.

Jude

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