5 Drugs That Should Be Legalized in America

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There is at least a dozen of reasons why laws prohibit the use of some drugs. Regulations have even dated back as early as 7th century across different ancient cultures, which illustrate how excessive use of these drugs can be disturbing to societies.

In modern societies, the UK drafted the first law on drug prohibitions in 1868, which successfully lowered mortality rates due to drug-related causes and abuse. Seven years later, The United States started its “War on Drugs.” Governments are banning recreational use of these drugs. Some parties push for their medical applications, though, which initiated debates in different countries worldwide.

While we understand how drugs can be lethal when abused, we still find some of them extremely useful when putting to good use. Here are five drugs that should be legalized, to some extent.

5 Cocaine

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Cocaine acts as a local anesthesia and a vasoconstrictor. In as fast as 120 seconds, this drug can induce insensitivity to lacerations and restrict bleeding. This fact explains why most pediatricians and other medical practitioners recommend pure cocaine for treating uncomplicated wounds in emergency situations.

The United States now classifies cocaine as a Schedule II medication, which means that while it can still be susceptible to abuse, the drug has positive medical benefits.

4 LSD

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Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a known hallucinogenic drug. Recent experiments show that when used in conjunction with other programs, LSD can help bring sobriety to patients for at half a year. Participants were found to have happier and more stable thoughts and emotions, that could have led them to alcoholism.

3 Heroin

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While the US considers this drug to be plain illegal and highly addictive, the United Kingdom and other countries are starting to see it useful in medical ways.

In the form of diamorphine, heroin is used for palliative care and pain management. Compared to morphine, small doses of heroin through injection is enough to provide the same relief. They also use heroin among other treatments and programs for people who experience withdrawal and do not respond to methadone during rehab.

2 Ecstacy

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Different governments are starting to acknowledge the assisted use of MDMA or ecstasy in psychotherapy, usually in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder and possibly other mental illnesses. Studies show a significance improvement in patients with recent treatments of depression using a less harmful form of MDMA.

1 Methamphetamine

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The FDA has recently approved the used of Meth in the form of Desoxyn in the short-term treatment of obesity in children and adults and some cases of ADHD for people at least six years of age. This type of meth has proved to increase attentiveness and reduce hyperactivity.

One neuroscientist even compares what could have possibly been Desoxyn as similar to Adderall, which is a controlled amphetamine medication.

That sums up my list of the top recreational drugs that can be improved and legalized for their medical benefits. Apparently, with supervised and controlled use, they can be of great help to select others with conditions that require an urgent cure, i.e., kids with ADHD and obese adults who haven’t received any positive results with common forms of treatment.

6 reasons why certain supplements are banned in the US

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When vitamins and minerals are not consumed in the form of food, the Federal Drug Administration calls it dietary supplements. Many athletes think that they don’t get sufficient vitamins and minerals in their diet. So, they start taking supplements. Some athletes think that by taking supplements, they will be able to perform better than the others. Making good choices regarding food and beverages is important. It will contribute to good performance, endurance, and repair of injured tissues.

Supplements work when there is a nutrient deficiency in a person, and bio x4 health results can’t be argued against. If people who are not nutrient deficient take supplements, then they may have adverse effects on their body. Some athletes take one vitamin or mineral a day; that is not harmful. It is the overdose of supplements that harms the body. An athlete should always consult with his or her physician before taking supplements. Food is always preferred over supplements. The nutrients that are available in food are not present in the dietary supplements. Many supplements cause harm to the body. Some supplements are banned in the U.S. for concern over health issues. Here are the major reasons why some supplements are banned.

Contains harmful ingredients

A growing number of supplements contain harmful ingredients like stimulants, steroids, and other drugs. Some companies are marketing these products by not disclosing these harmful ingredients. These supplements are promoted as improving sports performance. Designer steroids can cause severe diseases like liver injury, kidney failure, stroke, etc. Designer steroids are sold as dietary supplements. They are falsely advertised as healthy and safe products. Such supplements are banned so that companies cannot produce these supplements anymore.

Contamination

Some high profile athletes of the U.S. have been tested positive from contaminated supplements that contain prohibited substances. This made these athletes ineligible for competition. Taking these contaminated supplements is a big threat to the careers of the American athlete. It has also lowered the image of the country in the international arena.

Steroids

Some steroids are misused by taking it as performance-enhancing drugs. These supplements are attractive as they are based on the male hormone testosterone. It improves performance and endurance. It also stimulates muscle growth. At the same time, they enhance aggression. Steroids also increase blood pressure and may cause damage to the kidney and heart.

Harmful weight loss drug

DNP is a highly toxic supplement that can cause severe side effects. There have been three cases of death by consuming this supplement. So, it is banned. DNP is an industrial chemical and is not appropriate for human consumption. This supplement is popular among the body builders who want rapid weight loss. It increases the metabolism too quickly which causes harmful effects like restlessness, unusual heartbeat, dizziness, flushed skin, fever, vomiting, etc. If DNP is used over a long period, it causes cataracts and peeling skin. It may cause damage to the nervous system and the heart. It causes cancer also.

Causes problem in reproduction

Androstenedione is an illegal hormone that is found in some supplements. It is often called ‘andro.’ It is said to increase muscles, but it doesn’t. It converts to oestrogen. It causes low sperm count, shrunken testicles, enlarged breasts in men and other side effects also.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

This hormone occurs in the body naturally. This is used by people who want to build muscle quickly, loose weight fast or recover from intense workout quickly. But it can cause severe side effects. That’s why these supplements are banned in the U.S.

Supplements are banned because of the high health risks associated with it. They pose serious health risks and may even cause death. Those who take supplements without prescription should be careful about overdose warnings. If you see any symptoms like diarrhea, skin rashes, joint pain, etc., then you should stop using it and consult a doctor immediately. If the supplements are water soluble, then they will be excreted in the urine. But if they are fat soluble, they will remain in the body and cause harm. You should not listen to all those colorful advertisements about supplements. You should study yourself and understand the benefits and harmful effects of various supplements. You must only take supplements when you have a deficiency of any nutrient. It is always recommended to use supplements with the advice of a doctor.

3 reasons why capital punishment must be abolished

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Capital punishment is inhuman and cruel. Amnesty opposes the capital punishment always regardless of the crime or who is accused. Here are five reasons why we must abolish capital punishment.

1. It is irreversible

Once it’s executed, you cannot take it back. So, some people might be paying for crimes they didn’t commit.There are many cases where the convicted person is found to be ‘not-guilty’ afterward. For example, the Texas man Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting a fire that killed his three daughters. Later, he was proven ‘not guilty’, but it was too late.

2. It doesn’t discourage criminals from committing the crime

No evidence exists that shows capital punishment deters crime more effectively than a prison term. In fact, the opposite has been revealed. Canada has a 44% decrease in murders twenty-seven years after abolishing the capital punishment. Revenge cannot be a solution. We should try to reduce violence and not causing more death.

3. There’s no ‘humane’ way to kill

The execution of Angel Nieves Diaz in 2006 was done by ‘humane’ lethal injection which took 34 minutes and needed two doses. Other cruel methods of execution include hanging, beheading, and shooting. These killings don’t alleviate the pain that is suffered by the victims’ family.

All executions violate the right to life. Many death penalties are carried out publicly, and it is against human dignity. Many countries are abolishing death penalties. Recently, four countries abolished this penalty. Now, 102 countries still have the capital punishment in their system. We should work together and make people understand that capital punishment is not doing any good to the society.

3 ways racism is affecting lives of black children

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Even after so many movements against racism, black children are still being targeted by law enforcement at a rate higher than the white children in the U.S. They are still the victims of racism at school. The study shows that black children who are born into middle-class families are most likely to be at the same economic level as their parents. But this will not be so for white children. Here is a list of issues that black children face every day.

• Black children are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school. Black children make up only 18% of preschoolers in the country, but they constitute half of out-of-school suspensions.

• Black boys are considered less innocent and older looking compared to white children. A 10-year old black boy is not considered to be a child, whereas a 10-year old white boy is. Due to this discrimination, many black children are forced into the criminal justice system at a very young age.

• Most children who are sentenced to life without parole are black. In America, there is about 2,500 youth who are sentenced to life without parole, and 60% of them are black Americans.

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All these racial issues force black parents to raise their children in such a way that they can face these daily consequences of being a black American. They even have to teach their children how to deal with police officers and they have the highest risk of being arrested for minor issues or no reason at all.

5 heroes of human rights movement

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Back in 539 B.C., the city of Babylon was conquered by the armies of Cyrus the Great. Instead of raping and torturing the people, Cyrus freed the slaves. He declared racial equality and freedom of religion in that city. This is known to be the world’s first record of human rights. Throughout the century, there were many occasions where people were oppressed, and some great human rights leaders made a change to the society. Here are the five notable leaders who have made this world a better place to live in.

Chief Joseph (1840–1904)

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He was the son of a Nez Perce chief during the United State’s westward expansion. At the time he was born, there were disputes over land treaties. The people were having injustice and were attacked by the American military. When Joseph became chief in 1971, he protected his tribe from this violence. He always spoke against injustices and unconstitutional policies of the U.S. towards his people. He fought for equality and justice all his life.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948)

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This great leader brought independence to India. He became an inspiration for movements of nonviolence, freedom and civil rights across the world. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly announced the birthday of Gandhi as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Oskar Schindler (1908–1974)

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He was an ethnic German and Catholic. He was an industrialist and a member of the Nazi party. During World War II, he rescued more than 1,000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz.

Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)

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He was the leader of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary movement. It inspired international campaign for his release from prison where he was serving a life sentence. Mandela was released in 1990. After three years, he was awarded the Nobel Peace. In 1994, he came the first black president of South Africa.

Jimmy Carter (1924–)

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He was the 39th president of the U.S. and served the office till 1980. In 1982, he and his wife set up The Carter Center in Atlanta which works for human rights and alleviation of human suffering. This organization worked in 37 countries to encourage democracy. It provides advocacy for people having mental illnesses. He received Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his incredible works.

These people will always be remembered for their efforts to improve human lives. They are our source of inspiration for doing good for the society.