This chapter is concerned with problems that are associated with the excessive use of many different types of drugs, ranging from alcohol, opiates, to marijuana. Habitual use of drugs (and problems with addiction) also extends to nicotine and caffeine. Public attitudes toward the use of these drugs have changed dramatically over the past few decades. Legal policies are also shifting.
Medical drugs require a prescription, and the use of these drugs when not under a doctor’s care is illegal. Do not address prescription drugs in the following questions.
What are your opinions about the sale and use of chemical substances that can lead to addiction? Should they all be illegal?
Should they all be legal? Should some be legal while others are banned?
Have legal solutions been effective in reducing the problems associated with these drugs?