Self-harm: Drug Abuse in the United States

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In today’s society, doing drugs is one of the most common forms self-harm. Drug legalization is one of the most argued topics because people do not know whether or not there should be limitations on what people are allowed to do their bodies. This form of self-harm has been debated for decades and continues today because people could not come to an agreement. There are some people who believe that people should be allowed to do anything with their bodies. Nevertheless, there are a number of people who argue that there should be limitations on what people can do with their bodies. In this paper, I will argue that drugs should not be legalized because they are harmful to the individual and also will be damaging to the society.
John Stuart Mill’s harm principle states, “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of the community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others” (M.S Gendreau). This means that people should be allowed to do whatever they please and they should always take accountability for their own actions if they cause direct harm to others. Mill’s principle demonstrates that it is acceptable for one to do wrongdoings and harm oneself; however, it is awfully wrong that their wrongdoings impact other’s lives in a negative way. His principle elevates many questions regarding the consequences of drugs, whether drugs only negatively impacts on the individual who is using it or on others as well. By looking at the legalization of
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