Are Drugs more than ever a problem in our society today?
In today’s society seems we have a significant problem with drugs and alcohol. This is due to the fact that Class A drugs like heroin is more available to buy or sell. Replacement heroin has been introduced to bring addicts off heroin and gradually stop them from using drugs. Even although methadone costs the NHS up to Sixteen Million a year, in some years it has exceeded this figure. So are drugs and alcohol causing more problems than ever? Some people think that Legal highs are safe because they can be purchased online legally, but the fact that a substance has not yet been banned does not make it safe. For example Mephedrone, synthetic cannabinoids (or “spice”) & 1-Benzylpiperazine (BZP) were all banned recently. Many of these “legal highs” are developed quite quickly and sold online before they can be analysed or banned. People who take 'legal highs' are taking serious risks with their lives because the drugs may contain harmful substances, such as black mamba and methoxetamine, often known as “mexxy”, which is sold as an alternative to Ketamine. Police have warned of its dangers as the bodies of a 59-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were found in Leicester and Melton Mowbray on two separate days in February earlier on this year. There are many drug problems in society though isn’t the solution obvious to eradicate this catastrophic problem? The biggest killers by far are Class A drugs. Heroin is now a drain to society because a replacement drug (Methadone) has been used to wean drug addicts off heroin, which is a highly addictive drug. Methadone was introduced to replace heroin in 1947 in America. It was developed in Germany in 1937. Methadone was introduced to reduce deaths, but was linked to 275 deaths in Scotland, 2011. Other Class A drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines were linked to 68 deaths collectively, which illustrates how significantly higher the rate of death caused by...
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