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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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  • Bob DiN Chris 2012/06/25 13:57:11
    Bob DiN
    I disagree.
  • Dr. John Bob DiN 2012/06/18 04:30:25
    Dr. John
    Not saying it would be impossible but I doubt if the Cert.OD read "He died from smoking a joint."
    And, what? Everybody who says something contrary to your beliefs is a junkie? Rather simple minded thinking isn't it?
  • Bob DiN Dr. John 2012/06/23 16:53:18
    Bob DiN
    No it did not say that. One of the oldest and sadest cases was my friend Dickie. He was 16 at the time and got so high he tought he could fly and jumped off the roof of his house. he'd be close to 60 now. Also all my friends that died are not my beliefs, they were real live incidents. For anyone to assume you know eveything that happened in my life is simple minded. While some are so cavailere about drugs I can assure their parents didn't think it was just a lark.
  • Dr. John Bob DiN 2012/06/23 22:02:18
    Dr. John
    Did your friends drink or use other drugs? I would have a very hard time believing you if you said "no". While people have been known to jump off roofs while on booze or LSD there is no documented incident that I have ever heard of where ANYONE did it while on pot alone.
    Also, We are not being cavailere, we are speaking from knowledge and not just emotion.
  • Just Bob DiN 2012/06/18 21:06:16
    Just
    You are so full of it. I can fully and confidently say that there is not one single case of anyone dying from marijuana use. I have taken several courses related to substance use and abuse for an alcohol and drug abuse major. You are either not being completly honest or you are an outright lying idiot.
  • Bob DiN Just 2012/06/23 17:04:36
    Bob DiN
    Your post is both absurd and insulting, not to mention immature. Read some of my above posts. You know if my friends relatives saw this post the would want to punch you out. Drugs and what they make people do is not a lark. Only a foolish idiot would not take it seriously.
  • Inquisi... Bob DiN 2012/06/17 07:05:56 (edited)
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Got proof of that? There are no recorded incidents of death by cannabis. There might be idiocy, like smoking up and trying to operate major machinery, like a car, but that's not the marijuana's fault.
  • Bob DiN Inquisi... 2012/06/17 07:47:18
    Bob DiN
    Yes the friends I had that died because of it.
  • Inquisi... Bob DiN 2012/06/17 20:44:24
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I think you're lying, since there are no reported incidents of death by cannabis... and you haven't provided any proof.
  • Beto 2012/06/17 03:06:00
    No
    Beto
    +1
    Illegal drugs do not contain scripts (Writings/instructions/dosage... they have not been pre-scribed and therefore carry an inherently greater danger than their "legally" prescribed counterparts.
  • Inquisi... Beto 2012/06/17 07:05:20
    Inquisitve Kat
    True, but this is not about pharmaceutical drugs... it's about the legal hallucinogens and party drugs, made from various research chemicals and the like, but sold legally (as research chemicals, bath salts, incense, etc).
  • Beto Inquisi... 2012/06/19 07:45:37
    Beto
    +1
    Oopsale!
    I guess I should read on before commenting, No?
  • Inquisi... Beto 2012/06/19 12:29:49
    Inquisitve Kat
    Well, I wouldn't worry about it too much... I read the rest of the comments and I think most people thought what you thought. :-)
  • Miles 2012/06/17 03:03:26
    Yes
    Miles
    +1
    any drug is dangerous if not take correctly...
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/06/17 02:48:08
    Yes
    Call me Mark willya?
    +1
    Unless taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable physician they can actually be incredibly dangerous especially Psychoactive drugs.
  • JPS 2012/06/17 02:43:37
    Yes
    JPS
    Especially in combination with alcohol.
  • Ana Hen... JPS 2012/06/17 17:36:50
    Ana Henriques
    Which also is a lagalized drug by itself...
  • The_Infidel_Atheist 2012/06/17 01:09:15
    Yes
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    A drugs legality doesn't change it's effects on the human body.
  • Ana Hen... The_Inf... 2012/06/17 17:36:29
    Ana Henriques
    +1
    Completely agree.
  • Thinker 2012/06/17 01:06:30
    No
    Thinker
    +1
    Since I've never heard of some of the drugs mentioned, I can't really say they're safer than illegal versions of those. However, I would like to see Marijuana legalized, simply because it would cut down on trafficing, violence, and inferior quality. If the united states could grow its own pot, tax and control the quality of it, it would be a money maker for the US just like tobacco, wine, beer, or liquor.
  • L 2012/06/17 00:19:49 (edited)
    No
    L
    There probly more deadly iam talking about pharmacy
  • grantdisher 2012/06/16 23:58:59
  • Delicio... grantdi... 2012/06/17 02:11:51
  • katywon 2012/06/16 23:34:41
    Yes
    katywon
    +1
    Many people famous and not have died from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescribed medications. People get careless and forgetful when they drink. Bill Holden is one example and a famous columnist from the 1950's named Dorothy Kilgallen to mention just a couple of well known alcohol and drug related deaths.
  • serena moon 2012/06/16 22:24:29
    Yes
    serena moon
    +2
    yes,beacause they're have been alot of people that die of an overdoose with legal medication MICHAEL JACKSON,HEAT LEDGER among others so whom ever said there is no danger in legal drugs is lying to them selves
  • jere.ch... serena ... 2012/06/16 23:31:44
    jere.chievres
    All those people abused the prescription drug except that Jackson,s Doctor overdosed him and is now in jail.
  • Angelatxpatriot 2012/06/16 22:10:16
    Yes
    Angelatxpatriot
  • UMAD 2012/06/16 22:00:56
    No
    UMAD
    all drugs should be legal.
  • KaiCaramelldansen 2012/06/16 21:49:12
    No
    KaiCaramelldansen
    Not all illegal drugs are dangerous, weed is safe.
  • redhorse29 2012/06/16 21:31:56
    No
    redhorse29
    +1
    Are abusers of drugs illegal? On fairly rare occasions a drug may kill an innocent user but if no drug - NOT TAKEN has hurt anyone. 99% of the time it is an intentional stupid human error that leads to abuse.
  • shiroidenkou1994 2012/06/16 21:31:08
    Yes
    shiroidenkou1994
    +3
    I love how all of these are labelled 'not for human consumption.' Yes, because that's an indication that it's safe.
  • james.bowman.146 2012/06/16 21:25:55
    Yes
    james.bowman.146
    +2
    Sorry, whats the death toll of tobacco and alcohol?
  • heirsoftheking 2012/06/16 21:24:27
    Yes
    heirsoftheking
    +2
    I do neither.
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/16 21:14:01
    Yes
    Rob Williams
    +2
    Alcohol... nicotine... both pretty dangerous I think you'll find!
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/06/16 20:51:55
    Yes
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Much more dangerous, in some cases.
  • Lordy :D 2012/06/16 20:46:35
    Yes
    Lordy :D
    +2
    Unless you ABSOLUTELY NEED IT, don't take it. This extends to pot too, people.
  • Inquisi... Lordy :D 2012/06/16 20:54:38 (edited)
    Inquisitve Kat
    And alcohol? What's wrong with a drink or a joint now and then?
  • Lordy :D Inquisi... 2012/06/16 21:18:33
    Lordy :D
    +1
    The fact that most people have little to no self control.
  • Inquisi... Lordy :D 2012/06/17 06:59:47
    Inquisitve Kat
    I wouldn't say MOST people who drink exhibit a lack of self control... alcoholism is a disease that affects many, but not most, drinkers.
  • Lordy :D Inquisi... 2012/06/17 08:16:38
    Lordy :D
    Many is most, is it not?

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