Drugs and Crime Discussion questions
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After watching the “Most Dangerous Drug” video, do you think that methamphetamine is more addictive than other drugs? Should it be the focus of anti-drug use campaigns? Should penalties for the distribution of methamphetamine be more severe than for other drug distribution? Methamphetamines are stimulants that are highly addictive and affect the central nervous system. When the person comes down from the high they gain from the methamphetamine they will experience an intense and long withdrawal from the drug. Methamphetamines can be made in a homemade lab and are easily accessible. Methamphetamines should be the focus anti-drug use campaigns in order to educate the public on the harmful effects of the drug. While there are many different drugs that can harm the user, Methamphetamines are readily accessible and are extremely dangerous. Methamphetamines are also referred to as ice, glass, crank, crystal, and speed and can cause permanent damage to the body. Methamphetamines rot the teeth of the user and causes damage to the brain. It causes the person to experience insomnia and suppresses the appetite. Methamphetamines can be consumed in many different ways. Because the drug is so dangerous and so easily manufactured it should be paired with harsher penalties in order to deter it from being manufactured and sold. In a Chapter 10 discussion about the causal link between smoking marijuana and using other illegal drugs, sociologist Erich Goode distinguished between two schools of thought that should be looked at when considering and researching whether marijuana use leads to other illegal drug use: the intrinsic argument and the sociocultural argument. Briefly explain each one and then state which of these viewpoints you support. Explain your choice.