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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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  • hasher 2012/06/16 12:48:37
    Yes
    hasher
    +1
    people od or die from overdosing on prescription meds all the time. never heard anyone oding on pot.
  • JimTheGeek hasher 2012/06/16 16:29:30
    JimTheGeek
    Actually it's impossible to overdose on pot: http://www.newz4us.com
  • alanh 2012/06/16 12:47:22
    Yes
    alanh
    +1
    Big time! Many doctors today just hand them out like candy! In the hands of someone that doesn't take the time to read the directions medicines can kill. I have had horrible reactions to medicines that interacted with each other ending up in the hospital. Sometimes Doctors don't check for drug interactions and if you don't tell the pharmacist all your medicines you can end up dead.
  • beach bum 2012/06/16 12:17:46
    Yes
    beach bum
    yes
  • Mark P. 2012/06/16 12:11:21
    Yes
    Mark P.
    Abused just as much as illegal ones are.
  • cudlow 2012/06/16 12:03:46
    Yes
    cudlow
    Why do people look for a "high" in a stupid, life destroying drug? I get high with my wife and kids - so much better!
  • Dave 007 2012/06/16 11:32:51
    Yes
    Dave 007
    You bet, why do a lot of people try to get the "legal" drugs?
  • ChrisK1969 Dave 007 2012/06/16 13:49:00
  • James harris 2012/06/16 11:15:05
    Yes
    James harris
    People become addicted to everything including food and sex, so they should just legalize everything, tax the hell out of it, and pay off the national debt!!!!
  • mark 2012/06/16 09:57:55
    Yes
    mark
    They certainly can be.
  • Mae 2012/06/16 08:27:50
    Yes
    Mae
    What's truly insidious is the way that big pharma companies advertise their prescription drugs all day & all night on TV! I mean, shouldn't your doctor be the one to decide that you need a certain drug, not you, because you saw it advertised on TV, and you want to try it out? Doctors these days don't mind getting their patients hooked on prescription-strength pain pills, it's a guaranteed revenue stream after that. How is that any different from a street drug dealer hooking someone on cocaine or whatever? Some "Big" pharmaceutical companies & doctors are just interested in your money nowadays, not about doing what's right by their patients.
  • Drug Free Mae 2012/07/12 03:31:58
    Drug Free
    +1
    Yes Mae ..you are correct and the futue of legal recreational drug consumption is not promising in many aspects similar to what you are pointing out in your submission.
    Think about what the recreational drug consumption landscape will be like in the future when the government finally comes to its senses ( as argued by those that advocate and defend recreational drug consumption) and allows the nation to be legally supplied all the many recreational drugs that a stubborn percent of the nations citizens insist on consuming.
    People bitterly complain how the large drug companies in America and around the world are more or less legally allowed to assault the nations citizens with a retarded amount of prescription drugs for everything and anything that ails you and the industry is growing at an alarming rate and seemingly out of control..but all legally...sort of!
    Who do you think will end up being the suppliers of the numerous kinds of intoxicating recreational drug substances in the future legal recreational drug consuming market.
    When corporate America (could be any number of large corporate entities) are given the opportunity to "Legally" supply recreational drugs to 340 million potential consumers
    ( America and Canada alone) is there any doubt in your mind that there is no...



    Yes Mae ..you are correct and the futue of legal recreational drug consumption is not promising in many aspects similar to what you are pointing out in your submission.
    Think about what the recreational drug consumption landscape will be like in the future when the government finally comes to its senses ( as argued by those that advocate and defend recreational drug consumption) and allows the nation to be legally supplied all the many recreational drugs that a stubborn percent of the nations citizens insist on consuming.
    People bitterly complain how the large drug companies in America and around the world are more or less legally allowed to assault the nations citizens with a retarded amount of prescription drugs for everything and anything that ails you and the industry is growing at an alarming rate and seemingly out of control..but all legally...sort of!
    Who do you think will end up being the suppliers of the numerous kinds of intoxicating recreational drug substances in the future legal recreational drug consuming market.
    When corporate America (could be any number of large corporate entities) are given the opportunity to "Legally" supply recreational drugs to 340 million potential consumers
    ( America and Canada alone) is there any doubt in your mind that there is not going to be a whole lot of increased drug consumption and along with it the increased negative ramifications and the many detriments of wide spread non essential, recreational intoxication and all that is entailed.

    I envision a whole lot of drug addicts and habitual users and a lot of new and unforseen problems that the nation will have to contend with on top of all the existing drug related problems caused by that stubborn percent of the citizens that insist on their right(s) to be intoxicated at leisure...no matter what the consequences and or ramifications of their ongoing drug consumption practices.

    Better brace yourself for all the more further social contention caused by the drug users and drug abusers and the drug addicts and the people that support and defend the use of recreational drug consumption for the sole purpose of intoxication having nothing to do with medical reasons for the consumption of the numerous intoxicants.
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  • Mae Drug Free 2012/07/15 10:56:49
    Mae
    I agree with you, Drug Free! I can imagine just how frustrated the major Pharmaceutical companies must be, being kept out of a multi-million-dollar market of supplying the nation's junkies with all the recreational drugs they consume right now from illegal drug traffickers, who are "taking all their profits". Now that would be a real drug war, if our country's "leaders" ever decide to de-criminalize drugs. Big Pharma would not like having to compete with the drug lords for the lion's share of the recreational drugs sold in this country, nor would the drug lords want to share their turf.

    I think that is most likely part of the reason why you see so much proactive marketing of prescription drugs on TV and in print ads today, it's Big Pharma's way of trying to compete with the drug dealers for recreational users.
  • Drug Free Mae 2012/07/16 10:23:09 (edited)
  • Mae Drug Free 2012/07/22 12:34:11
    Mae
    What a great post! Yeah, it really is sickening how the advocates for recreational drug use take absolutely no responsibility for their actions when it affects or impacts another person negatively. They remind me of self-centered, spoiled children, only thinking of themselves. They couldn't care less if they caused an accident or even a death while they were intoxicated, all that matters is getting their next fix, and nobody had better get in their way!

    It's true that the country is being led down the path to acceptance of recreational drugs one step at a time. People already accept and readily participate in consuming alcohol, knowing full well it does impair their judgement, their temperament, their ability to think reasonably and rationally, and their cognitive reactions and abilities. So many people are killed every year because somebody else felt it was their God-given right to go get sloshed, then get behind the wheel of their car and drive home. People don't see anything wrong with poisoning themselves and everyone around them with their cigarettes, either. It's a social norm. Even with today's vigorous anti-smoking campaign, and with all that is known about the harmful side affects of smoking, or being exposed to second-hand smoke, people who are addicted to n...

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    What a great post! Yeah, it really is sickening how the advocates for recreational drug use take absolutely no responsibility for their actions when it affects or impacts another person negatively. They remind me of self-centered, spoiled children, only thinking of themselves. They couldn't care less if they caused an accident or even a death while they were intoxicated, all that matters is getting their next fix, and nobody had better get in their way!

    It's true that the country is being led down the path to acceptance of recreational drugs one step at a time. People already accept and readily participate in consuming alcohol, knowing full well it does impair their judgement, their temperament, their ability to think reasonably and rationally, and their cognitive reactions and abilities. So many people are killed every year because somebody else felt it was their God-given right to go get sloshed, then get behind the wheel of their car and drive home. People don't see anything wrong with poisoning themselves and everyone around them with their cigarettes, either. It's a social norm. Even with today's vigorous anti-smoking campaign, and with all that is known about the harmful side affects of smoking, or being exposed to second-hand smoke, people who are addicted to nicotine feel it is their right to light up, even if it hurts or bothers somebody else nearby.

    That's the number one problem with people who do drugs, (and I am including the socially accepted "legal drugs" in here too), they are not just hurting themselves, they are an immediate threat or annoyance to somebody else as a result of their thoughtless desires to indulge in their drug of choice. Now we don't normally tolerate any other type of harmful or annoying behavior by people. If your leisure activity bothers another person, say playing your stereo at top volume, the police are called out, and you can be given a citation for disturbing the peace. If somebody decides, just for kicks, they want to drive on the wrong side of the road, they are immediately stopped by the police for endangering the public. If your hobby is archery, you can't just shoot your arrows randomly up in the air, as that arrow has the potential to come back down and strike a person, same with a person with a gun hobby. If your actions cause another person to be in danger or even to be annoyed, that's not allowed. And yet drug users still persist in thinking they have the right to do as they please. The country is in for a great deal more trouble if or when other types of recreational drugs are legally allowed in the country. It would in fact be a grave threat to the health and welfare of everybody in the country if these intoxicating & addictive drugs were allowed legally.
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  • Drug Free Mae 2012/07/24 19:14:26
  • MarkVaughn 2012/06/16 08:22:09
    Yes
    MarkVaughn
    +2
    All drugs are dangerous . Depends on the one person, they are diagnosed for . Each person, is not like the other , like twin kittens aren't exactly alike, niether are peaple, even within the same family . We, are unique, each one of us ,in so many ways . Including our whole metabolism, ect. So, 1 drug might have a good reaction with one person, yet, a deadly reaction, to his brother, or her sister. So, I believe, if a person wants a certain medication, the drugist should look over that persons medical report, as well as ask the last doctor, the person saw . To be on the safe side . Also, perhaps, the drug company's should print in bigger letters, all the precautions, on the back of the bottle . So at least, peaple with bad sight, can read their medicines easier .
  • MarkVaughn MarkVaughn 2012/06/16 08:39:34
    MarkVaughn
    Also, He's right, there are too many drugs being produced, & far too little law's, as well as policeing of the drug company's, producing them, for scientists to keep up with the overload, to say, yes, or no, that the drug is o.k., or not . There definitly needs to be more laws passed, for production of new drugs. To first, slow the productions down, so everyone can catch up, with what all is out there, presumably, legally. With scientist, police, even lawyers and judges . Because, they are the last ones , the druggy see's , before getting put behind bars, or, let go. There are 2 doors there . 1 going in, & 1 going out. Also, doctors, again, 2 doors . One going out, & one going , to the cemetary . All doctors need to know about all the drugs, thier reactions, ect. so, they know, what they're dealing with, when a patient comes in, hanging by a thread .
  • rosesvengeance BN-0 2012/06/16 07:39:38
    Yes
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    Most side effects of prescriptions are worse than the thing they "fix". Plus tons of people die from them everyday. It's not always an "overdose" either. People can die from their normal prescribed amount. deaths from drugs
  • ChrisK1969 rosesve... 2012/06/16 13:51:03
  • fightin... ChrisK1969 2012/06/16 14:52:29
    fightingquip
    Anybody who has ever driven while "high" knows that you tend to drive slower and more cautiously, and many claim to drive better while high. Unlike alcohol, where sensory motor skills are severely affected, marijuana has never been associated with fatal auto accidents. If you are talking about "ancillary" relationships that lead to car accidents, you can more accurately include coffee, tea, cell phones, and kids.
  • Inquisi... fightin... 2012/06/16 22:11:41
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    That's wrong... you drive slower because your reflexes have slowed and there have been many fatal car crashes caused by people on nothing other than pot, just do a quick Google search if you don't believe me. I'm all for the legalisation of marijuana, but anyone who drives while stoned is as bad as anyone who drives while drunk.
  • Drug Free fightin... 2012/07/16 11:24:57
    Drug Free
    Please ...you can not be serious ...are you??
    How can you say that or prove that.
    They are stoned and claim they drive better...Really??
    They are impaired and they claim they drive better....Really???
    Have you always and or always will perpetrate the myth that people "intoxicated" on marijuana function better and they are less likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than people who are completely alert and lucid and not at all under the influence of a drug substance that alters your mental and physical abilities.
    Most people I know ( the over whelming majority of them ) that smoke marijauna on a regular basis tell me it makes them "very relaxed" and they can fall asleep very easily when they are really high on their marijuana...the all time "perfect" relaxant.
    People in that intoxicated, relaxed, altered state are hardly going to be a better class of drivers as compared to 100 percent lucid and alert drivers who are not at all intoxicated while anticipating any possible problems and dangers going on around them while they safely operate their motor vehicles
    Great.....add one more unfounded argument for the acceptance of habitually intoxicated people trying to function normally??? ......amongst the majority of lucid and alert citizens while the druggies try to make excuses for their intoxicated practices and habits that come with a great deal of liability....or certainly should come with a great deal of liability.
  • fightin... Drug Free 2012/07/31 14:10:47
    fightingquip
    blah blah blah. Or should I say baaaah baaaaah baaaaaah.
  • Drug Free fightin... 2012/08/07 14:48:43
    Drug Free
    Only an uncaring prick gets stoned and drives his motor vehicle.......and you would be one of them correct?? blah blah blah!
  • fightin... Drug Free 2012/08/21 20:17:39
    fightingquip
    like I said......baaaa baaa baaaaaaaaa
  • NUCKLEDRAGGER 2012/06/16 07:34:19
    Yes
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    +2
    Smoking is legal but it killed my mother at 50, my father at 58 and if my son had not smoked he might have lived through his drug overdose at 19. Yes legal drugs kill.
  • ChrisK1969 NUCKLED... 2012/06/16 13:52:12
  • Brynn 2012/06/16 06:01:57
    Yes
    Brynn
    spice in particular is awful.
  • Derbyhat 2012/06/16 05:35:11
    Yes
    Derbyhat
    +1
    I totally object to the pharmaceutical companys who tell you to ask (tell) your doctor if xyz is right for you (demand service) after all you are paying his wagers, (or are you looking for a freebie?).

    Just like some who don't thoroughly research who they vote for, they only look at the "bright" side of this or that drug and NOT the back side of the drug brocure that tells you it might cure your hiccups, but might give you cancer, or cause a stroke, or internal. Many see viagra as a God send and that warning about the three our erection or blindness is still a crucial warning, yet some see such an erection as a badge of honor or a trophy to hold on to!
  • Sarah Rose 2012/06/16 05:22:20
    Yes
    Sarah Rose
    Duh.
  • wutwut 2012/06/16 05:22:06
    Yes
    wutwut
    can be.

    people should be smart if they want to take drugs and know how and/or if they're going to kill themselves, as well as b e okay with the consequence if it goes wrong.
  • LottoQT 2012/06/16 05:05:21
    Yes
    LottoQT
    +1
    actually legal drugs are much WORST in most cases, just check the stats on all illegal drugs combined vs. just one legal one like alchohol, or even tobacco,, not to mention "robing" which is rapid consumption of cough medicine such as Robitussin for a desired hallucinigenic effect . infact just open your bottom cabinet under the kitchen sink and "pick your poison" ,, all 100% legal too :)
  • NUCKLED... LottoQT 2012/06/16 07:41:26
    NUCKLEDRAGGER
    +1
    Trayon Martin was using what is known as Lean which is Robitussin Arizona Watermelon cocktail and Skidles. This totaly legal drug Robitussin when taken in high doses over a long time(martin was on it for over a year) leads to fits of uncontrolable rage even if your not high at the time.
  • Inquisi... NUCKLED... 2012/06/16 22:21:21
    Inquisitve Kat
    ...Being stalked also leads to fits of uncontrollable rage.
  • Laura Sierra 2012/06/16 05:04:36
    Yes
    Laura Sierra
    +1
    some legal drugs ( the kind you need a prescription for ) are far more dangerous than anything you can buy on the street..as for the "new" drugs...from what I have read..I wouldn't touch them with a 12 foot pole.
  • Jackie 2012/06/16 05:02:57
    Yes
    Jackie
    +1
    Some legal drugs are very harmful. It never ceases to amaze me that some people will put up with side effects and not check the instructions that come with the drug. When it says that certain side effects can happen, and if they do you should consult your physician, how are you supposed to know to do that if you threw away the paperwork without reading it? I won't take a drug without doing my homework first.
  • brittany 2012/06/16 04:58:11
    No
    brittany
    They are much much much worse... I've seen them ruin a few people's lives. It's crazy
  • brittany brittany 2012/06/16 05:00:42
    brittany
    Actually with the acception of some drugs such as meth coke and heroine.. What I'm mainly referring to is weed and exos
  • Butch 2012/06/16 04:50:59

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