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When you turn on the television you see many visions of problems in America These problems include violence poverty crime and murder All of these problems are either caused by or directly related to drugs A drug is any substance ingested into the body that is not food The greatest problem in America is societys continuing use of drugs If you walk into any local gas station or grocery store it can be spotted right away I am speaking of alcohol Yes alcohol though legal is a drug Alcohol is a form of drug use that results in addiction for millions Gwynne 1988 pg 32 Problems that alcohol cause are very widely known yet any regulation for the drug is only for people under the age of 21 After prohibition failed miserably the idea of controlled alcohol seemed ridiculous This too is true for many of todays modern drugs Stiff penalties and laws have made little progress in the ongoing war on drugs The main types of drugs in circulation today are heroin crack cocaine amphetamines uppers barbiturates downers and marijuana Ball 1988 pg 2 The three most widely used drugs are heroin crack cocaine and marijuana Heroin was created by doctors as an alternative to morphine Morphine is a pain killer that is highly addictive Heroin turned out to be even more addictive and lethal than morphine Ball 1988 pg 10 Heroin is taken intravenously A vein is punctured and blood is drawn into the heroin filled syringe mixed around and injected back into the body Heroin causes many metaphysical problems to the user When heroin is taken it reacts all over the body It will invade and take control of every cell This does not allow for any nutrients to reach the cells and the whole body is affected for a long period of time Ball 1988 pg 11 Heroin also does not allow the body to hold or retain any calcium This
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