By Steven B. Duke
A glance on the failed "war on medicinal drugs" asks and solutions such questions as why are we struggling with this battle? Is it winnable? do we make the United States a drug-free society? Is drug prohibition the reason for crime? and different questions.
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S. Tobacco Industry on the Health, Economy and Environment of Developing Countries,” New England Journal of Medicine, 324, no. 13 (28 March 1991), 917. 48 Surgeon General, Reducing Health Consequences, vii. , May 1991), 20. 50 “China Executes 62 in One Day for Drug Crimes,” Reuters Library Report, 1 July 1992. 51 Charles P. Wallace, “Clearing the Air in Singapore,” Los Angeles Times, 2 July 1992, A1. 52 David Holley, "New 'Opium War' Cuts Across the Third World," 5 June 1990, World Report, H1. 45 33 Steven B.
That is what we mean by a powerful urge. ” By that, we simply mean the consumption of a drug, usually but not necessarily by a drug-dependent person, in a manner that causes substantial harm to the user or to others. A teenager who rarely drinks but gets drunk on prom night and crashes his parents’ car is a drug abuser, at least on that occasion. “Tolerance” and “withdrawal” are two closely related terms whose meanings are not value laden and hence are fairly clear. Tolerance is an adaptation of the nervous system to the effects of a drug.
There is therefore a “positive correlation” between tobacco use and violent crime. While no one could argue that tobacco use therefore predisposes smokers to commit violent crimes, precisely the same putative causal connection is commonly seen between violent crime and illegal-drug use. Is there any connection between tobacco use and offenses of negligence or recklessness? Yes, but how much or why is unclear. A study some years ago, headed by Dr. 33 Such gross disparities could not be entirely explained by the fact that the smokers were younger and were heavier drinkers than the nonsmokers.
America's Longest War: Rethinking Our Tragic Crusade Against Drugs by Steven B. Duke