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Legalizing Cocaine

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Started: 2/2/2012 Category: Health
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Is cocaine harmful and can it lethal? Yes, but so can every other drug if you take to much of it. Take for instance NyQuil if you chug two bottles of it you will probably die. not to mention you have no idea when you buy it illegally if its pure cocaine, for all you know you could be snorting oven cleaner mixed with cocaine. but lot of deaths from the use of cocaine can be avoided just by simply changing the delivery method. People who shoot up some times end up dead because they injected a air bubble in their blood stream. They shoot up, because buying cocaine is not cheap and they have to ingest or snort larger quantities to receive the same high. also you eliminate the chance that STDs will be spread.

Is cocaine addictive? Yes, so is smoking, alcohol, sex, caffeine, watching T.V. and excising. Anything can be addictive, it just depends on the person.

Will legalizing cocaine cause crime to go up? In 1998, Americans spent $66 billion on illegal drugs, with $39 billion being spent by consumers on cocaine (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2000). plain and simple because of the street price of cocaine, people who are addicted to the drug have to steal.

* I do not personally believe that Cocaine should be legalized, I just what to see if I can formulate a good case for it.


C1: effects of cocaine

Short term:

Energetic, talkative, mentally alert, And euphoric. (1) *small doses only*
It would also construct blood veins, dialate pupils, increase heart rate (risk of heart attack), and lead to violent behaviors. (1)

Effects on brain:

"This initial high is followed by bouts of severe anxiety, paranoia, and depression" (2)

It also messes with normal brain communication by blocking the dopamine from being recycled. (3) causing build up etc. It also changes the reward effect of your brain and causes tolerance to the drug, so users up the dosage then get worse effects. (3)

Effects on body:

It can cause Gastrointestiomal problems and many headaches. (3) if snorted causes nosebleeds and loss of smell. (3) It also can cause seizures Posible death by cardiac arrest. (4) Usibg it long term will make you aggressive, paranoid, and anxious. (4) Some cocaine may melt the skin and ruin the immune system. (5) (6)

Cocaine is bad man.

C2: legalization would raise users.

"It's clear from history that periods of lax controls are accompanied by more drug abuse and that periods of tight controls are accompanied by less drug abuse." (7)

"For example, a 1994 article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that it was probable, that if cocaine were legalized, the number of cocaine addicts in America would increase from 2 million to at least 20 million." (8)

C3: addictiveness

Addictivness will lead to brain damage by cutting of circulation to the brain. (9) (10)

Animal studies gave proven that they are very addicted to cocaine and when addicted always try to get the drug, this concludes it is more addictive than any opiate. (11)
In 1997 1.5 million where addicted to cocaine, out of 5.7 million users. (12) that's a 26% addiction rate.

C4: deaths related to cocaine

3.1% of sudden deaths in Europe are related to cocaine. (13) It likely translates over. (13)

C5: not FDA approved

The FDA deems it toxic, and not safe. (14)


No cocaine legalization vote con. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14)
Debate Round No. 1


you just described almost the exact effects that caffeine have on the body and mind. In the brain, caffeine blocks the areas that receive adenosine, a biochemical compound with sedative effects. As the day wears on, the overworked brain naturally releases more adenosine to slow activity and trigger sleep. But when you take in caffeine, these receptors get blocked, your heart rate speeds up, and you get a jolt of heightened alertness. The caffeine buzz also comes at the expense of the adrenal glands, which are prompted by caffeine to pump out more of the stress hormones norepinephrine, adrenaline, and cortisol. As the adrenal glands become overworked, the daily rhythms of cortisol release are thrown off and we get both lasting fatigue and insomnia. This is how the caffeine habit often backfires: the more you drink, the more it saps your energy. (1)

Between 30% and 60% of users combine cocaine with alcohol. This concurrent use is the cause of nearly 3 out of every 4 of cocaine-related fatalities in the U.S., and a cocaine user is 25 times more likely to experience sudden death when combining it with alcohol. (4) 75% due to the combination of the to drugs.

If it was really that bad why are there so many medical uses for it? The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. considers cocaine to be a valuable anesthetic and vasoconstricting agent. (2) Cocaine is used by health care professionals to temporarily numb the lining of the mouth, nose, and throat (mucous membranes) before certain medical procedures . It is an anesthetic that works quickly to numb the area about 1-2 minutes after application. Cocaine also causes blood vessels to narrow, an effect that can decrease bleeding and swelling from the procedure. (3) Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is one of the more famous proponents of cocaine. After trying the drug for the first time in 1884, he recommended it as a useful treatment for depression, alcoholism, and morphine addiction. (4). I could add more but I would have no more room for the rest of the debate.

After cocaine was outlawed in 1914, use of the drug dropped dramatically until it rebounded in the 1960s. By the late 1970s, it was commonly used by middle and upper-middle class Americans and it became known as the drug of the 1970s and 1980s (4). outlawed or not people will still try or continue use of the drug just look at he prohibition days. by making it illegal, it gives people the trill of trying and using it.

In the year 2007, nearly 12,000 offenders in the U.S. were sentenced to prison time on cocaine-related charges. More than 95% of the cocaine cases sent to federal courts involved trafficking of the drug. (4) So i guess the other 5% were the violent crimes it causes.

* I do not personally believe that Cocaine should be legalized, just to reiterate that.



R1: addictivness

Still an issue, caffeine does not hurt you as much. Couple this with my effects argument. Then I win the points here.

From your source;

Cocaine is extremely addictive as users use higher dosages to create the same high. (1)
Also a alcohol cocaine mix means nothing. You would be addicted to both. I would get addicted to crack and alcohol, but they are seperate addictions.


Cocain is a highly addictive drug and users cannot predict how addicted they will be. (2) Also cocaine is the most abused drug in the US. (3) (most drug with addicted people). Cocain is addicting because of the way it affects the mesolimbic pathways. (4) (5)

Once again addictivness to this is worse than all of what you mentioned.

R2: lethality of cocaine

Yes, It has similar effects. But does caffeine melt the flesh? Crack can! (7) (8) also I see no proof that caffeine causes major aggression, depression, losses sense of smell, loss of feeling, etc. if you read my arguments they are worse then cocaine. Also:

"It's not clear whether cocaine kills brain cells or merely impairs them, or whether the effect is reversible, said study author Dr. Karley Little. But it's bad news for cocaine addicts in any case, he said." (9)

It impairs brain cells, another defect. Caffeine does not do this.

Also it can affect the shape of the nose. (10)

R3: medical usage

Because it is diluted. Also it is used in dental patients and is only applied to small areas. (11)
They soak it in material. Also they spray it on(11). Applied by professionals.

It is used in a safe dosage , area, dilution. Almost anything is harmless in small amounts . So you forgot to add the part where they take multiple precautions to make sure it's safe, unlike recreational usage where you can easily become addicted and overdose and totally screw yourself up. So you forgot to add that part. The doctors do if safely, diluted, small dosage, and it is only sprayed on there. It is only good as it is done under precaution, inline recreational use where you run the risk of death.

Point debunked.

R4: Cocaine usage

Statistics from 1970? Really?

"And cocaine usage dropped from 2.4 million users to just 1.6 million over the same time period" (12)

"Statistics from Quest Diagnostics, the world's largest provider of diagnostic tests, show that fewer U.S. workers used cocaine or methamphetamines in 2008 than in 2007" (13)

Usage of cocaine has dropped 18%. (14)

So actually usage is dropping.

Please explain how they where arrested mattered?

Also even on a doctor give basis users would rise:

"The British have also had their own failed experiments with liberalizing drug laws. England's experience shows that use and addiction increase with "harm reduction" policy. Great Britain allowed doctors to prescribe heroin to addicts, resulting in an explosion of heroin use, and by the mid-1980s, known addiction rates were increasing by about 30 percent a year." (15)

Illegalization has worked, allowing it would raise users, plus there are terrible effects of cocaine and is highly addictive. Vote Con. (1) (2) (3) (4) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15)
Debate Round No. 2


Halt06 forfeited this round.


Extend arguments
Debate Round No. 3


Halt06 forfeited this round.


Extend arguments I urge a con vote, as he FF'd
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