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What might happen if drugs remained illegal ?

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Started: 10/20/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Fidan18

Con

I have a controversy on this issue. I think this debate will help me to clear my mind.
mikicat10

Pro

I accept this challenge, but I am not sure what I am supposed to argue.........
The question of whether to legalize drugs or not is a very
controversial and important issue. Drugs affect so many areas of
society. "The U.S. population has an extremely high rate of alcohol
and drug abuse" (Grolier). Several groups have formed and spoken out
regarding their position. "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization
is the first step in helping to deliver the credible, consistent
message about the risks and costs of the legalization of drugs to
people in terms that make sense to them. The anti-legalization message
is effective when communicated by representatives of the Federal
Government, but takes on even more credibility when it comes from
those in the community who can put the legalization debate in local
perspective" (Internet).

After learning about the issues regarding both sides of the
argument, I would choose to support those who oppose legalization
of any drugs. Drugs simply create problems which effect society in
several ways. The government has made several efforts to control drugs
and their users, however, to most the problem appears too out of hand.
"Others see potential profit in legalizing drugs and still others
simply believe that individual rights to take drugs should be
protected. The group also acknowledged that the legalization concept
appeals to people who are looking for simple solutions to the
devastating problem of drug abuse" (Internet). Society's answer to
the problem is to trick the drug user by giving him what he wants.
People believe that making drugs legal will take away the temptation
to use them. This idea is wrong and far from logical. If drugs are
legalized then they will be more accessible to the young, addicted,
and ignorant.

"As a result the ready availability of addicting drugs, and as
a result of their heavy use for medical problems, many individuals
became addicted to the narcotics contained in these potent medicines.
In fact, in 1900, there were more narcotics addicts, proportionate to
the population, than there are today. At that time, most of the users
who became addicts were medical addicts. Very few abusers took drugs
for "recreational" purposes. In 1914, in an effort to curb the
indiscriminate use of narcotics, the federal government passed the
Harrison Act, making it illegal to obtain a narcotic drug without a
prescription. During the 1920's the Supreme Court ruled that
maintaining addicts on narcotic drugs, even by prescription, was in
violation of the Harrison Act. Some 30,000 physicians were arrested
during this period for dispensing narcotics, and some 3,000 actually
served prison sentences. Consequently, doctors all but abandoned the
treatment of addicts for nearly half a century in the United States"
(Grolier).

The only resulting effect will be a negative one. There are no
positive aspects of putting drugs on the streets with a label reading
"legal." There are plenty of people in society that find enough
trouble on their own without the help of their country. Legalizing
drugs would have a devastating result that would affect society as a
whole.

"Audiences need to understand that 70% of drug users are
employed, and that the school bus driver who drives your children
to school could smoke marijuana, that the surgeon who operates on you
may have cocaine in his system, and that the driver in back of you may
be on speed. The debate needs to demonstrate graphically how the
common man will be impacted by drug legalization" (Internet).

There is an idea that the "drug user" is a low class,
unemployed junkie. This is untrue. The drug user is often a white
collared worker with a family and a future. They are not all dirty
with missing teeth and poor grammar. The common misconceptions of the
"user" are dangerous to those members of society trying to rid the
world of the problem.

"Drinking on the job is a social and economic problem with a
long history. With the growing popularity of illegal drugs in the
1960's and 1970's, it was to be expected that their use in the
workplace would emerge as a major issue by the 1980's. Estimates of
employee drug use vary greatly, ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent
for the proportion of workers who use drugs occasionally on the job.
The safe performance of some occupations - among them, airline pilot,
air traffic controller, truck driver, and physician - can be
compromised by drug use" (Grolier).

If you could confirm what side I am that would be great, but if not I will continue to argue by my own intuition.
Thank you for starting this debate!

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Debate Round No. 1
Fidan18

Con

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mikicat10

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
Fidan18

Con

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Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by mikicat10 3 years ago
mikicat10
Sorry about forfeiting......... I think con made it so we had five hours to write an argument!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tophatman 3 years ago
Tophatman
Well there are a big amount of different drugs out there. It would be easier to know a little more of what would become legal. Cocaine? Hash? Marijuana? Angel Dust?
Posted by themohawkninja 3 years ago
themohawkninja
What is pro, and what is con, or are you just going to go against whatever pro asserts will happen?
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