Essay on Drugs - Does America Have a Future?

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Does America Have a Future?

Can you picture this? Children and teenagers suffer from irreversible brain damage. Children go to school high, if they even to go school at all. Crime rates soar to outrageous proportions. Businesses fail because of decreased productivity and increased absenteeism. Families break up because a parent is in prison. Courtrooms and prisons are overcrowded with criminals convicted of drug-related crimes. These scenes could reflect America in the future if drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are legalized.

One argument for the legalization of drugs is that crime rates would be reduced. Former Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, stated on December 8, 1993, that "we could markedly reduce our crime
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According to a recent study by the Senate Judiciary Committee, 2.2 million Americans are hooked on cocaine. Thus, with this number of people currently using drugs, more people, in all probability, would try drugs and potentially become addicted to drugs if drugs were legal and easier to obtain.

Second, drugs that are currently used alter a person's mental capability. Users may experience hallucinations, have episodes of irrational behavior, and experience a loss of judgement. With such psychological changes, users increase their risk of causing serious harm to themselves or others. According to Christian Social Action, 50% of all crimes and violet acts committed in Washington, D.C. were carried out by a person under the influence of cocaine. If more people began using drugs, the crime rate among those actually using drugs could only escalate.

Children and teenagers also face dangers when they use drugs, often beginning to experiment with drugs in grade school. According to a recent USA Today article, children between the ages of 12 and 17 who use marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol are 266 times more likely to use cocaine than those who do not use those three substances. Children who use drugs learn less, are absent from school more often, quit school more frequently,
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