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is the comfort level people are stepping out of. It can be hard to talk to someone about drug abuse without portraying one's self as a nosy body when the real reason is the person cares. Week 2 DQ 1 How has the perception of some drugs changed over time? How have some drugs become more or less socially accepted and in what context? Specifically speaking, the perception of marijuana has changed dramatically. In 2003 it was estimated that some 25 million people in America used the drug in some capacity. A contributing factor to this statistic stems from the reduced penalties. According to Rosalie Liccardo Pacula (2005, para. 2), "during the 1990s several states reduced the penalties or criminal status of first-time marijuana possession offences involving small quantities of marijuana and some other states enacted legislation that gave patients protection from prosecution in state courts if they used or grew marijuana for medicinal purposes." The medical use of marijuana is slowly becoming more accepted as more states adapt laws for medicinal use. Personally I believe one drug that has become less socially accepted is oxycontin. Individuals who ingest large doses of the pill are at risk of respiratory depression that can ultimately lead to death. Inexperienced or new users are at larger risk because he or she may be unaware of dose amounts and tolerance for the drug. Also users experience withdrawal symptoms such as bone/muscle pain, diarrhea, restlessness, insomnia, cold flashes, and vomiting (NDIC, 2003). Oxy has become so widespread that stiffer penalties may be imposed on convicted distributers, etc. References NDIC. (2003). Oxycontin Fast Facts. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/ndic/pubs6/6025/index.htm

Psy 425 entire course discussion questions  
Psy 425 entire course discussion questions