• Are Opiates Overprescribed

    Are Opiates Overprescribed

    Opiates are drugs used to reduce pain felt within the body. Opioids include Morphine, OxyContin, and even Heroin. Prescribing such drugs has been a controversial topic within our society for many years. Over the past years, a negative precedence has been correlated between opiates and the overall health and welfare of society. Within just the state of Oregon, 750 people have died from opiate overdose in the last 5 years. (Weisberg, 2015) This is due to heroin users abusing opiate drugs to get their fix between times they can get more heroin. The state of Oregon is pushing back against the medical community stating that opiates are often prescribed for too many conditions. These higher prevalence rates within the state and within the country cause for a high number of people abusing such drugs because they are easy and cheap to get.

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  • Drugs and Crime

    Drugs and Crime


    The connection between drugs and crime are empirical. Those who sell or use illicit drugs are more likely to commit crime. Of course, using it, transporting it, and possession, are all against the law directly stating that those who use drugs commit crime? This chapter focuses on the social effect of those who use illicit drugs and those who use non illegal drugs and their correlation with the likelihood of committing crime. Those who are in groups that use illegal drugs are in a social circle where illegal activity is a norm. This chapter will also look at the correlation between someone committing crime and being victimized by crime due to the similar characteristics present in each the perpetrator and the victim.

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  • Presumed Consent in Organ Procurement in the United States

    Presumed Consent

    Every 12 minutes another individual’s name will be added onto the national transplant waiting list. This means that from the time you entered into this one hour class and by the time you leave at least 5 individuals will be in need of some type of an organ transplant. By the time you get home and kick back and watch the latest episode in your favorite TV series and head off to bed at least 21 of these individuals will die for lack of available organs needed for the transplant. (American Transplant Foundation) Although it is argued that presumed consent intrude on individual and family based rights, presumed organ consent provides a more ethical solution, provides higher organ donations, and improves quality of life. Therefore states ought to presume organ consent for organ procurement from the deceased.

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  • Should the U.S. Drinking Age Remain at 21

    Should the U.S. Drinking Age Remain at 21

    Within the vast majority of societies spread throughout the world, people who are 18 years old are considered adults and can be held responsible for living on his own, holding dangerous jobs, enlisting or volunteering to fight for his country, and potentially being prosecuted for criminal offences. This brings forward the debate in the United States if the legal drinking age should remain at age 21. If we, as an American society recognize 18 year olds as adults who can hold such responsibilities and who are capable of such decisions within our society, why do we restrict their choice to drink alcohol? According to an article by ABC, “Alcoholism is a brain disease and the earlier people start drinking, the worse the effects on the brain. Besides, research has shown that the earlier people start drinking, the more likely they are to develop alcohol problems later in life" (Jacinto, 2016). Just because we recognize 18 years of age to be an adult responsible age, it doesn’t mean these 18 year olds are fully mature enough to make such decisions in regards to alcohol. Society will continue to stand strong protecting 18 year olds from alcohol intake.

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  • United States v Stephens

    United States v Stephens

    The court has decided the following: The charges against Stephens still stand. The attempt for a writ of certiorari will be voided due to probable cause and obtaining the evidence needed for conviction through a third party. The court has stated that even if there was evidence unconstitutionally the search performed with or without a warrant was not in volition to of the 4th Amendment due to the fact that there had previously been a search warrant issued in order to search the house, and given Stephens past criminal history the FBI had reason to believe that stolen items remained in the house. Thus giving them reasonable suspicion and probable cause to obtain necessary evidence through Stephens friend R. Kenny.

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