Essay on war on drugs

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The war on drugs is not a war that can be fought on the beaches of Normandy or in the jungles of Vietnam. It is a war fought in the backyards of all Americans, every day. This is a war that cannot be won with the aid of nuclear weapons or the help of any other forms of artillery. The number of casualties, however, will be determined by whether or not the legalization of drugs occurs. Many will suffer the same outcome as a soldier killed in battle if drugs become legal.      If marijuana and other drugs are legalized, obtaining drugs will be easier for people of all ages. With the increased use of drugs, there are bound to be more traffic accidents resulting from those who are under the influence of drugs. Also, if…show more content…
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse was able to explain in simple English why drugs are illegal in America: "Drugs are not a threat to American society because they are legal; they are illegal because they are a threat to American society" (Marbry par. 16). Drugs corrupt the minds of even the most honest American citizens. Making drugs legal could put the life of any American at risk.      Some drugs that are in the process of possibly being legalized for medicinal use are also a threat to American life. Marijuana is the most popular of drugs that can be used for medicinal purposes. Though the dosage prescribed would not be permanently harmful to the patient, it would be very easy for him to become dependent on the drug. Marijuana is known as a gateway drug, meaning that its effects are relatively mild. After a long period of usage, its effects decrease leaving the user in want of a bigger high. This craving leads drug users to heavier drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or LCD. (Schwebel 87). After awhile, even the heavy drugs begin to lose their potency. To deal with the deprivation of bigger highs, users usually begin taking larger dosages, which may lead to an overdose and death. The legalization of even medicinal drugs could easily lead to more deaths from drug related illnesses or overdose.      A major cause for concern in the United States is the number of lives taken by drunk drivers.

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