Drugs and Behavior
What are drugs exactly and what are some ways drug users get away with illegal usage?
Defining drugs use is a surprisingly difficult proposition. The definition as stated in the session II review is as follows: "any substance taken into the body that alters the function or structure of the body organs ... that changes body state or mental function." But this definition might not only apply to the substances that we would normally consider to be a "drug," but also to substances like chocolate. For example, chocolate has properties that have been shown to change body state and mental function by making a user feel happier for example. Furthermore, drugs can also be naturally occurring substances such as marijuana or mushrooms and thus cannot be further classified in regards to being synthetic substances. There are also countless useful drugs that significantly improve an individual's well-being. Thus the divisions between food and drugs, or good and bad drugs, are not as obvious as one might initially suspect.
The primary factors that make a drug a "bad" drug generally involve problematic behaviors and/or damages to the body that can result from...
Many drugs are only illegal or "bad" if they are taken beyond what is otherwise directed. In fact, most drugs have a use that is beneficial to some people if taken in the correct manner. It is only when drugs are abused in some form that they become detrimental. However, the abuse is often hard to pick up on until it reaches a point in which it is blatantly obvious. Drug tests have become more sophisticated over the years but there are many ways for drug users to circumvent their effectiveness. For example, there are many ways to beat a drug test and these methods are published at length online (OHSINC, N.d.). Although these cheating methods are continually becoming less effective as testing procedures become more accurate, there are still simple methods for evasion. For example, if a person has a legal prescription for a medication then they can use this as a cover for taking illegal drugs in the same class as they can use the legal prescription to cover for their illegal behavior. This is one of the reasons that the prescription drug abuse epidemic has reached such massive proportions and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people…
Illegal Drugs in U.S. Annotated Bibliography Annotate Bibliography on Illegal Drug Laws and Issues in the U.S. Annotate Bibliography on Illegal Drug Laws and Issues in the U.S. This work will develop a concept that is associated with the history of illegal drugs in the United States and briefly touches on the issue of how the laws surrounding illegal drugs have changed in the United States over the years. The work will be
The web site gives kids a definition of drugs and then goes on to discuss the difference between legal and illegal drugs. Written in a way that children can understand, this web site makes it easy for children to gain a positive attitude toward taking the legal, prescribed drugs that a doctor has given them while still understanding the danger of taking illegal drugs. Because it is geared toward
, 1995). Some of laws and restrictions imposed by USA between 1960 and 1997 are as follows: 1) "Drug Abuse Control Amendments-- referred to amphetamines, barbiturates and LSD as dangerous drugs and allowed for FDA to recommend to Department of Health Education and Welfare to control them and other drugs that may later be deemed a problem. (1965)" (History of Drug Laws and Restrictions in the U.S., reference 4) 2) "Comprehensive Drug Abuse
Drug abuse of both legal and illegal substances has a devastatingly negative impact on American society as a whole. Definition of Drug Abuse Legal Drugs Illegal Drugs Prevalence of Drug Use Impact of Drug Use Financial Costs Impact in the Workplace Costs of Incarceration Health-Related Issues Homelessness Lost Potential Family Life Pregnancy and Health of Children Death Alcohol and Traffic-Related Injuries Initiatives to Combat Drug Use Legalization and Decriminalization Prevention Drug abuse of both legal and illegal substances has a devastatingly negative impact on American society as a whole.
In most cases, recreational drug use is seen as a victimless crime and a harmless activity. This attitude changes in the workplace if the drug use impairs performance to the detriment of other workers or if the work involves public safety, in which case tolerance for drug use drops significantly. Another reason why tolerance for some drug use is so high is because the attitude is a reaction to the
drug use and abuse in the United States and presents differing approaches that are used (or proposed) to get a handle on the problem. There is no doubt that the drug abuse issue is not new and it is not being reduced by any significant amount. This paper presents statistics and scholarly research articles that delve into various aspects of the drug abuse issue in the United States, with