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Are 'Legal Drugs' as Dangerous as Illegal?

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Just because a substance is legal, that doesn't mean it's safe. With new substances hitting the market on a regular basis, it's impossible for authorities and experts to keep track of them, meaning there's very little reliable information available. A while back, a handful of teens were hospitalized after taking synthetic marijuana -- cause enough for concern. But this weekend a 20-year-old man died after taking a substance called Benzo Fury at a Scotland music festival.

David Liddell, director of Scottish Drugs Forum, said in a statement, "Benzo Fury is a so-called legal high -- or New Psychoactive Drug -- which appears to have a similar effect to Ecstasy. It's one of the new legal highs developed to get around the banning of similar compounds ... As it's not been around for long there is little information on long-term effects and as with all these drugs, there's no knowing what's actually in them. The names are just to market them and may bear no relation to what's in them." Do you think these "legal drugs" are just as dangerous as the illegal ones?


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  • The Andoxico 2012/09/11 18:24:58
    Yes
    The Andoxico
    i dont think any1 has ever died from a marijuana OD but ive heard stories of 30 people dieing from synthetics and people die from alcohol all the time
  • Atlas 2012/08/08 15:48:40
    Yes
    Atlas
    +1
    More dangerous. The false sense of security provided by pharmaceutical companies feeds into dependancy and outright addiction more than street drugs or alcohol.
  • Drug Free Atlas 2012/08/10 05:46:12 (edited)
    Drug Free
    Good point...but the pharmaceutical substances are not taken for the sole purpose of recreational intoxication the way that recreational intoxicants ( drugs ) are consumed for the sole purpose of getting all bent out of shape and totally wasted and blitzed and stoned to the max.
    People take Pharmaceuticals for what ails them and often to relieve them of pain and suffering and people are not thinking about the intoxicating effects of the substances when they are seeking medical help.
    There is a big difference concering "why" people take the pharmaceutical drugs in the first place verses the presently illegal recreational purpose drugs.
    In the case of Pharmaceuticals many people really do not know what to do other than consult their doctor and follow the doctors instructions in the belief or hope that the doctor is going to sincerely correct their medical condition.
    The side effects are a concern naturally but the people taking the medicines are not taking them to get "stoned on" while the recreational drugs ( intoxicants ) are specifically consumed by people for their intoxicating effects and for recreational enjoyment purposes.
    You can argue that the recreational drugs also have medicinal purposes which is absoloutly true as many of the pharmaceutical drugs are derived fr...





    Good point...but the pharmaceutical substances are not taken for the sole purpose of recreational intoxication the way that recreational intoxicants ( drugs ) are consumed for the sole purpose of getting all bent out of shape and totally wasted and blitzed and stoned to the max.
    People take Pharmaceuticals for what ails them and often to relieve them of pain and suffering and people are not thinking about the intoxicating effects of the substances when they are seeking medical help.
    There is a big difference concering "why" people take the pharmaceutical drugs in the first place verses the presently illegal recreational purpose drugs.
    In the case of Pharmaceuticals many people really do not know what to do other than consult their doctor and follow the doctors instructions in the belief or hope that the doctor is going to sincerely correct their medical condition.
    The side effects are a concern naturally but the people taking the medicines are not taking them to get "stoned on" while the recreational drugs ( intoxicants ) are specifically consumed by people for their intoxicating effects and for recreational enjoyment purposes.
    You can argue that the recreational drugs also have medicinal purposes which is absoloutly true as many of the pharmaceutical drugs are derived from the same plant substances that are used for recreational purposes...so there is a conflict of interests concerning people self administering various kinds of beneficial plant substances for medical reasons....but they happen to also be known intoxicants and can be mentally and or physically addicting for many people.
    If Marijuana is legalised ( the least harmfull and least detrimental of all the classified narcotics ) there will then become all the more of a conflict of interest concerning the use of the drug for medicinal purposes.The drug will be consumed mainly for recreational purposes more so while many other people are consuming it legally and claiming it is a better medicine than the Pharmaceutical drugs that would be in competition with Marijuana for medicinal purposes.
    Although most people know that the intoxicant known as Marijuana is also usefull for medicinal purposes and or health reasons the government is not going to acknowledge the use of the substance until someone or some entities, so to speak , prove to the FDA and other government regulatory agencies the beneficial aspects of its medicinal or health related aspects while also clearly stating its negative aspects....the same way the Pharmaceutical industry is legally obligated to publicly forewarn the citizens about the numerous hazards or potential hazards when consuming such medicinal purpose substances or any by product substances derived from Marijuana.
    If Marijuana is to be included as a medicinal product also then it creates its own set of problems because while the government would want to bring it under control as a usefull medicine the available recreational use product, with the same or similar medicinal benefits and or effects, can be legally purchased by way of recreational use purchases.
    I would think, eventually, the medicinal aspects of the substance would be separated from the intoxicating aspects of the substance and people could choose to purchase Pharmaceutical grade medical purpose products "derived" from Marijuana ( Hemp) and more than likely most of them would not have the intoxicating effects attached to them by way of science and the ability to seperate and isolate the intoxicating elements from the beneficial medicinal purpose elements.
    Meantime people who have a medical problem would be thinking: "Why not just smoke the legally available recreational product and address the medical condition at the same time while also enjoying the intoxicating effects and in effect "self administering" the substance for medicinal purposes...while having fun doing so ...as many people presently do just that.
    Some what of a legal conundrum concerning the legal medicinal status of the substance verses the legal recreational use status of the substance.
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  • krystal.altman.9 2012/08/04 03:10:39
    Yes
    krystal.altman.9
    Yes, any form of substance abuse is dangerous. Even alcohol.
  • jacoby weiss 2012/07/28 05:52:24
    No
    jacoby weiss
    i honestly think it be an easy way to get rid of alot of stupid people REEEAAAAALLLLLLL quick. so no, besides, less money wasted and less people arrested.
  • The And... jacoby ... 2012/11/14 14:36:07
    The Andoxico
    what would bean easy way of getting rid of stupid people?
  • Lindsey 2012/07/25 22:26:07
    Yes
    Lindsey
    Lol duh
  • David Nesbitt 2012/07/07 20:29:46
    Yes
    David Nesbitt
    Anything labled a drug is toxic (or should be). Taken as a remedy it can save a life. Taken whimsicly it can take a life. Use with caution.
  • Yars the Great 2012/07/03 16:53:59
    No
    Yars the Great
    some legal drugs are more dangerous than illegal ones. pills are one of the most addicting drugs there are. I know when people abuse benzodiazapines for long periods of time, their body can become physically dependent on it and they can actually die from not having them in their system. I know someone that happened to. As bad as they are, I'm still against the regulation of them. I'm sure regulation contributes to keeping "safer drugs" illegal such as marijuana and psylocibin.
  • P. Sturm 2012/06/29 03:32:49
    No
    P. Sturm
    The way you use the term my answer would be yes. I normally don't think of something as a drug that isn't listed in pharmocological formularies, otherwise they're toxins or substances. Legal, prescribed drugs, produced illegally end up contaminated with, who knows what, until people start dying.
  • Lina Blub 2012/06/26 18:39:10
    Yes
    Lina Blub
    well, guess why it's called DRUG ;P
  • Patsy 2012/06/26 00:46:35
    Yes
    Patsy
    Pretty much.
  • Dubya 2012/06/25 16:51:11
    Yes
    Dubya
    In many cases legal drugs are more dangerous. Big Pharma "pushes" them onto the market,with the help of the FDA, with far too little in the way of research, or they cover up the side effects, now the regulators work for those they regulate, thanks to right wing deregulation and lobbyist manipulation by the big "Killer" Corporations!

    Doctors kill more people each year than any single disease, heart disease and cancer kill less. Read this! http://l.b5z.net/i/u/14000029...
  • RobertRowe 2012/06/24 21:43:38
    Yes
    RobertRowe
    actually more dangerous, presction drugs were the number 4 killer in the u.s. chritopher titus talks about it in the videos
  • Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗ 2012/06/23 23:41:10
    Yes
    Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗
    I think the ones that are injected are. I remember when I was in the hospital a year ago for surgery, most of my medicines were through a needle and they said I had to be cautious of an overdose, but the medicine I felt didn't work, so I pressed a button to get more, and thank goodness, they made it so I couldn't OD.
  • Dr. John 2012/06/23 22:18:59
    Yes
    Dr. John
    healthimpactnews:
    "11 percent of Americans ages 12 and older now use prescribed antidepressant/psychoticdrugs. (CDC November 2011 report)
    At least 106,000 people die each year from drugs which are properly prescribed and properly administered. More than two million suffer serious side effects. (Lazarou J, Pomeranz BH, Corey PN: “Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients.” JAMA 1998;279:1200.
    Illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are responsible for an estimated 10,000-20,000 American deaths per year. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC. 2007;56(05):93-96.)"
    "Please note that the statistics in the second point above, 106,000 deaths from legally prescribed drugs, does not even factor in deaths from legal drugs that are not prescribed, but obtained for recreational purposes through theft, through corrupt doctors, or from friends, etc. which is a growing problem."
    http://healthimpactnews.com/2...
    New York Times:
    "Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths. Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 — fewer than cocaine (843) but more than methamphetamine (25) and marijuana (0)."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/0...
    healthimpactnews:
    "11 percent of Americans ages 12 and older now use prescribed antidepressant/psychoticdrugs. (CDC November 2011 report)
    At least 106,000 people die each year from drugs which are properly prescribed and properly administered. More than two million suffer serious side effects. (Lazarou J, Pomeranz BH, Corey PN: “Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients.” JAMA 1998;279:1200.
    Illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are responsible for an estimated 10,000-20,000 American deaths per year. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC. 2007;56(05):93-96.)"
    "Please note that the statistics in the second point above, 106,000 deaths from legally prescribed drugs, does not even factor in deaths from legal drugs that are not prescribed, but obtained for recreational purposes through theft, through corrupt doctors, or from friends, etc. which is a growing problem."
    http://healthimpactnews.com/2...
    New York Times:
    "Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths. Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 — fewer than cocaine (843) but more than methamphetamine (25) and marijuana (0)."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/0...
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  • Roy 2012/06/23 20:47:30
  • mobilsq 2012/06/23 16:02:15
    No
    mobilsq
    Depends on the drug.
  • Earl Polan 2012/06/23 11:48:50
    Yes
    Earl Polan
    +1
    Its amazing how many legal drugs are worse than some illegal drugs. Pot, other than the munchies and lethargy, never has any real ill affects, but in fact has some very medicinal qualities, naturally. As an example, Acetaminophen accounts for 56,000 injuries, 2,500 hospitalizations, and an estimated 450 deaths per year. Pot, 0!
  • tom 2012/06/23 00:48:17
    Yes
    tom
    +1
    Vioxx killed more than marijuana ever has. Plus even after the law suits the drug company still made a enormous profit!
  • debhead 2012/06/22 23:37:14
    Yes
    debhead
    +2
    OMG YES!!! I have a neighbor who gets his own prescription and then buys on the side. He takes 40 Loritabs a day!! He also takes oxycontin and Somas. He's been in 3 accidents, lost a car, there foreclosing on his house and he's filing bankruptcy. Oh and he's being sued for injuries and damages from one of the accidents. So he's ruioned his life and damaged someone elses. He's 49 and has a wife and 17 year old son. The iceing on the cake......... his wife is a drug counselor. Drugs are incredibly dangerous if abused and in the wrong hands.
  • jimmie 2012/06/22 03:57:40
    Yes
    jimmie
    +1
    worse.
  • EricVanSingleton 2012/06/22 01:35:05 (edited)
    Yes
    EricVanSingleton
    +2
    Drug abuse has nothing to do with the legal status of a drug. Just as many people mess themselves up with OTC drugs as with the stuff they buy in the shadows.
  • Gamzee Makara is my Matesprite 2012/06/21 19:25:06
    No
    Gamzee Makara is my Matesprite
    +1
    the llegal are MORE dangerous
  • Isha Dwesar 2012/06/21 18:54:39
    Yes
    Isha Dwesar
    +1
    and more dangerous, cause they are so easily accessible
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2012/06/21 18:11:29
  • wtxwoman 2012/06/21 03:23:29
    Yes
    wtxwoman
    +2
    I think oxy addiction is far worse than heroin, which is the drug it mimics. Some people will take anything a Dr. prescribes and thinks it's okay because it's a prescription.
  • Wake The Sheeple 2012/06/21 03:08:54
    Yes
    Wake The Sheeple
    +2
    DUH! There is just a government monopoly/ hypocrisy that makes it illegal for small business competition.



  • Little Angel 2012/06/21 02:10:56
    Yes
    Little Angel
    +1
    I carry a long list of prescription drugs that I am allergic to.
    There are two of them that would kill me if I took them and
    have made 3 trips to the ER because of them.
    There are some over the counter medications that can really
    do you harm if taking certain prescription drugs.
  • August Spies 2012/06/20 19:32:09
    No
    August Spies
    +2
    The truth is they are WAY MORE DANGEROUS. And I'm not talking about the "synthetic" designer drugs used to get high. I'm talking about the legal drugs made by all the major drug companies. Legal prescription drugs kill more people every year than all illegal drugs combined. Why? Because they are used by so many more people, and labels are not read, because they were prescribed by an authority figure. (Doctor).
  • Drug Free August ... 2012/06/27 02:10:32 (edited)
    Drug Free
    Yes...but your not taking into account the number of users of the presrciption drugs as compared to the number of users of the recreational drugs ( Marijuana aside)
    If there were as many users of the non essential recreational drugs as there are users of the prescription drugs then you would be seeing a whole lot more deaths and various detriments caused by the presently illegal non essential, recreational drugs used and or abused by the citizens at large.
    But I would surmize the recreational drugs are not as detrimental as many of the prescription drugs because many of the prescription drug formulas are made from some really nasty chemical toxins and lethal ingredients that can and do kill people.
    But yes, everyone agrees that the so called "helpfull" prescription drugs come with all kinds of dangers and liabilities and they are, if anything, just as problematic in many aspects as the presently deemed illegal non essential recreational intoxicants that are available to the citizens.
    As I pointed out previously the use and purposes of the drugs has to be acknowledged.
    The presently deemed illegal drugs are consumed for the sole purpose of personal recreational intoxication and not for medicinal purposes while the prescription drugs are not manufactured and or sold for the...







    Yes...but your not taking into account the number of users of the presrciption drugs as compared to the number of users of the recreational drugs ( Marijuana aside)
    If there were as many users of the non essential recreational drugs as there are users of the prescription drugs then you would be seeing a whole lot more deaths and various detriments caused by the presently illegal non essential, recreational drugs used and or abused by the citizens at large.
    But I would surmize the recreational drugs are not as detrimental as many of the prescription drugs because many of the prescription drug formulas are made from some really nasty chemical toxins and lethal ingredients that can and do kill people.
    But yes, everyone agrees that the so called "helpfull" prescription drugs come with all kinds of dangers and liabilities and they are, if anything, just as problematic in many aspects as the presently deemed illegal non essential recreational intoxicants that are available to the citizens.
    As I pointed out previously the use and purposes of the drugs has to be acknowledged.
    The presently deemed illegal drugs are consumed for the sole purpose of personal recreational intoxication and not for medicinal purposes while the prescription drugs are not manufactured and or sold for the purpose of recreational intoxication.

    There is a fundamental big difference between the uses and purposes of the prescription drugs verses recreational intoxicants consumed solely for the purpose of getting stoned or high or ripped or blitzed out of your mind.

    When it comes to the future legalisation of the presently deemed illegal, non essential recreational drugs....be careful what you wish for because when the big, profit orientated mega corporations are given the legal go ahead to manufacture and supply the presently illegal non essential, recreational drugs "legally" then all the more people will be addicted to the recreational purpose drugs...legally.
    And they will be legally allowed to sell you a load of prescription drugs that are designed to wean you off the original addictive non essential, recreational drugs that they legally had you addicted to in the first place.
    A near perfect business model virtually sustained by all the bonehead druggies that insist on consuming the crap in the first place.
    In this case I would surmize the "big, bad government", that everyone likes to lament and criticize is actually protecting you from rampant corporate greed and the sinister agendas of the mega corporations that would love to feed you as much of the legal profit making intoxicating substances as they legally can.
    The more the better ...right??
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  • nina-nickjonaslover 2012/06/20 11:21:45
    No
    nina-nickjonaslover
    AMSTERDAM!!!!
  • squire 2012/06/19 20:53:13
    Yes
    squire
    of course they are. history bears that witness
  • RANDAL squire 2012/06/20 05:39:54
    RANDAL
    i will have to disagree with ,most of you.i have been in 3 bad car wrecks that damaged my back!the first wreck happened becuase a man was a driving illegally .he had ep-seizures.i was working for keebler cookie mfg.i was waiting to turn in to a store when this guy had a seizure.he hit the back of my car.it knocked the radio into the back seat.it knocked my bucket seats plum out of the car floor.it knocked my head into the back of my head reast and then the windsheild.it knocked me out.this man was not suppose to be driving period.i had to have my first back surgery.i finally got back to work .7 years later an illegal alien hit my truck in the rear .i was working for purina dog chow company that day.i had left a food lion store heading to another store.when this mexican hit my truck,it knocked the back of my head into the back glass,then it hit the windsheild.it knocked me out again.the mexican took off running.i had to have emergency back surgery ,titanium rods in my low back,wire ray cage into the front of my spine,i had three bone fussions to my spine.both times were when i was working.both times both of these drivers was not suppose to be driving.i know this is a isolated incident but after several surgeries ,the doctors told me there was nothing more they could do for me e...
    i will have to disagree with ,most of you.i have been in 3 bad car wrecks that damaged my back!the first wreck happened becuase a man was a driving illegally .he had ep-seizures.i was working for keebler cookie mfg.i was waiting to turn in to a store when this guy had a seizure.he hit the back of my car.it knocked the radio into the back seat.it knocked my bucket seats plum out of the car floor.it knocked my head into the back of my head reast and then the windsheild.it knocked me out.this man was not suppose to be driving period.i had to have my first back surgery.i finally got back to work .7 years later an illegal alien hit my truck in the rear .i was working for purina dog chow company that day.i had left a food lion store heading to another store.when this mexican hit my truck,it knocked the back of my head into the back glass,then it hit the windsheild.it knocked me out again.the mexican took off running.i had to have emergency back surgery ,titanium rods in my low back,wire ray cage into the front of my spine,i had three bone fussions to my spine.both times were when i was working.both times both of these drivers was not suppose to be driving.i know this is a isolated incident but after several surgeries ,the doctors told me there was nothing more they could do for me except make me comfortable with medications.i have always took the meds exactly like the dr. said to.i never had any problems.it when people sell,give,or abuse prescriptions.its not the doctors fault.when people choose to abuse there meds ,thats no fault but there own.i could not have a normal life if it wasnt for the help of fine doctors who have done a great job helping me have a somewhat life with out having to be in a wheelchair.if it was nt for the meds,i could not get up,take a shower,get dressed,fix food,just normal things we all take for granit.i applaud the doctors in this great country.its the people who abuse medicines who make it hard on people like me who have had lagitimate injuries that i could not help.i thank god for these doctors.i ve had to rely on these wonderful doctors for almost 12 years.i don't abuse what they give me.its fair to say there is only about 5% of the abusers who make it bad for chronic pain suffers like me and others.the news media always blows up the cases where people like michael jackson,anna nicole smith and many other celebreties abuse pill from 4 or 5 different doctors.what do you expect if these movie stars are getting pills from several different doctors and under false names.i know of hundreds of chronic pain suffers who had similar incidents like mine that do well with there drs and medicines.its those who abuse the system.when thousands of people like me start taking a stand to tell our side of this issue ,then maybe the world will began to know the real truth.when all of you start to check into the many thousands of us who have to rely on meds for a normal life due to unforseen accidents similar to mine,then you all will or should have a little more understanding for chronic pain suffers.its these ones who abuse prescribed medications that hurt the true chronic pain suffers that have had injuries,surgeries,wrecks,been in wars,iraq,afganistan,veitnam.... and think of those who could not help getting hurt through no fault of there own.thanks and god bless!
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  • squire RANDAL 2012/06/23 19:09:01
    squire
    I'M SURE WE'RE ALL SORRY FOR THE PAIN YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH. THE QUESTION ASKED IF WE THOUGHT
    LEGAL DRUGS WERE AS DANGEROUS AS ILLEGAL DRUGS. THE ANSWER AGAIN IS YES!
  • Dr. John squire 2012/06/23 22:33:05
    Dr. John
    What "history" are you talking about? Your statement is made with absolutely no FACTS to back it up.
  • squire Dr. John 2012/07/02 23:55:24
    squire
    the history of drug use in america for one. i'm sure that other countries have their own histories too. you must never read.
  • PaulBot415 2012/06/19 12:17:59
    Yes
    PaulBot415
    anything in excess is dangerous.
  • himmie 2012/06/19 10:26:08
    Yes
    himmie
    really there more because more people can get them
  • John Freeman 2012/06/19 04:47:16 (edited)
    Yes
    John Freeman
    +1


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