drug news paper report

drug news paper report

  • Submitted By: meghurst
  • Date Submitted: 04/24/2015 9:53 AM
  • Category: Science
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´╗┐Dear editor of the local newspaper,
I am writing to you today to explain why our investigation as scientist shows that the law currently does not classify drugs correctly.
Firstly the main way we classify drugs is in two clear categories; legal and illegal. The difference between these two categories is an illegal drug is prohibited by the law, an example of this is cannabis, although popular and proven less harmful than tobacco it still remains illegal. Therefore a legal drug is a drug prescribed or proven un-harmful for example coffee is a legal drug.
We also classify drugs as physically harmful, how dependent they are and how socially harmful they are. For instance cannabis is a class B drug and has an average score of 0.99 in physical harm which means it will only give the user short term harm such as hallucinations and anxiety. Cannabis has a score of 1.51 in dependence which leaves the user with physiological dependence on the drug making them want more and more of it to try and feel like they did the first time they took it. Lastly the drug cannabis has a score of 1.50 on social harm because it is related to criminal acts such as theft and abuse. Some long term effects of cannabis use are diseases in the lungs, liver, heart and vasculature as well as higher risk of cancer and the association it has with mental health issues like schizophrenia. Therefore it should have an overall score of 2.50 and be a class A drug.
Another example of a drug is tobacco which is a legal drug with a score of 1.24 on physical harm which leaves the user with long term harm such as lung cancer and stroke. Tobacco is extremely addictive as well with a dependence score of 2.21 which means the user is both physically and psychotically dependent on the drug which means tobacco as a correct scoring of around 2.
There is an ongoing debate about whether alcohol and tobacco should be illegal, personally I disagree partly with it and think alcohol should stay legal but with a...

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