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Drugs and Behavior
Intro to General Psychology
Jennifer Herrig
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Date Created: 09/22/16
Michael Desormeaux Dr. Herrig  Psyc 2050                                   Ch. 3: Current United States Drug Policy The United States has come a long way with the way with the way they’ve attempted to  control and regulate the importation and the domestic use of drugs. When the opium trade  between China and the United States was in full swing in 1914, the U.S. had only placed at  special tax on the distribution and importation of these opioids. After about a decade a so, the  United States saw a greater placement of stringent penalties in response to the growing illicit  drug market. Beginning in 1922 with the Jones­Miller Act up until 1970, the United States had  only added regulations and laws that seemed to only entail imprisonment and hefty fines.  Following the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, the  United States saw that it was time that many of the reforms that had been put into place required  major reform. “They started with a clean slate and had intentions of balancing public health  concerns with law enforcement issues using a rational and research based approach” (Hart and  Ksir 60). Overall, I would agree that the current scheduling of the known substances in the United  States is justified in their approach, even though I would also agree that the system itself is far  from perfect. For one, while I would agree that those drugs listed under Class I and II are a high  potential for abuse, I don’t think the way they are organized is the necessarily the most  methodical. It seems that the Class II drugs are far more dangerous in terms of overall fatality  rates. Even though the Class II substances are under accepted medical use, the rates of addiction  are unbelievably high and seem to be just as harmful as any Class I substance, if not more. This  is probably why the doctors place so many restrictions on handing out morphine that much to the Michael Desormeaux Dr. Herrig  Psyc 2050  patients who have symptoms of pain, but it still doesn’t eliminate the fact that they have  developed a dependence on the substances. I also see the bureaucratic mess that has resulted on  the peoples’ opinion of marijuana being a Schedule I substance. While there is scientific  evidence that marijuana does cause psychological dependency, there doesn’t seem any to suggest that there is a noticeable physiological dependence like many of the other Schedule I and II  substances have.  I find what they did in 1984 to be a smart decision when the Justice Department “allowed the secretary of health by immediately placing a drug on schedule on Schedule I” (Hart and Ksir  63). This puts a placeholder on the substance while proper research can be done in order to figure out best to deal with the substance. However, it seems that many amendments that were added  around this time and afterwards simply made the issue more complex without creating a standard and rational consistency in the system. Lastly, the federal drug screening for employees was a  very good initiative first set by the military and followed by high­risk professions. There is an  obvious necessity for placing these professions under higher scrutiny because of the collateral  damage it could cause to civilians. While subjecting random drug tests to employers and high  school students might seem like an effective deterrent for future drug use, the “whole process  would in fact cause a growing distrust of authority among many of these individuals” (Hart and  Ksir 68). 


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