"12 Monkeys" and Society's Perception of Drugs Essay

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Illegal Drugs vs. Psych Ward Drugs

The definition of drugs ranges from supposedly positive to automatically classified as negative. But who is to say which drug is bad and which drug is considered good. In the movie entitled "12 Angry Men" the director Terry Gilliam used this film to bring about an idea that I had to rethink. This movie was released on the 27 of December in 1995, this movie's genre is often questionable but for the most part it is an Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi. The two characters that the drugs affected the most were the main character James Cole played by Bruce Willis and another important character Jeffrey played by Brad Pit. Our society often contradicts themselves when it comes to distributing and using drugs
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While the scientists on the cast question his trip one of the questions I would like to point out is Cole is asked, "How was it? Lots of drugs?"

The definition of a Drug according to dictionary.com is "A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and often addiction" and "A substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component of a medication." Being a controlled substance we automatically classify drugs as an illegal act that is not often accepted. In our society today you can go to jail for "possession" and "possession with intent to supply." Our generation is receiving years in jail or the misuse and overdose of drugs. Drugs are abused everyday by teens and adults and often looked down upon. Numerous accidents have occurred do to the abuse of some drugs. Drugs in our society today are initially thought of as bad, and then we come to the understanding that there are other types of drugs that may in fact not be bad but used for good.

Illegal drugs are portrayed in our society as really bad, but the use of drugs is abused in psych wards and other facilities also. From previous research I learned that Thorazine is an antipsychotic drug, used as a major tranquilizers. So it is ok for our government and other higher authority to allow the use of tranquilizers on humans and
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