Homework Question on Illegal drugs
- watch this video and answer the questions below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4YtLnZwkLo questions:
- By 1800, one-third of the people of China were addicted to opium. The British were the major exporters of opium to China from India. “The misery of China was a financial windfall for Britain.” The video made the following point: “If you can visit misery on someone you cannot see, then it is just fine.” Even though the Opium Wars were almost 200 years ago, how does this philosophy relate today
- In the mid-1800s, morphine was viewed as a “better” alternative to alcohol because it was create the social problems that alcohol did. We know now that opiates do not damage the major body systems like alcohol does. Should drugs like opiates be evaluated on what they do or don’t do? Should the most harm causing drugs be made illegal? If that is so, what could be done with alcohol?
- How have wars impacted our views of opiates? Cite at least two examples and explain the impact.
- The Harrison Anti-Narcotic Act of 1914 was a radical change to public policy which resulted in the users of narcotics becoming criminals. By 1923, one-half of the inmates at Leavenworth Federal Prison were drug violators. The public policy continues today. Do you agree or disagree with the public policy and explain your rationale.
Homework Answer on Illegal drugs
The point that is made in the video that, “If you can visit, the mystery of someone you cannot see, then it is just fine”, means that if one can decide to visit the unhappiness of an individual that they do not know, then there would be no consequences. The video is an examination or an assessment of the history of the poppy plant and three of its most poisonous derivatives, including opium, heroin, and morphine.
In the prehistoric times, the poppy plant was regarded as being divine, but coming to the 19th and 20th centuries, its deadly and addicting features led to extraordinary national anger, social mayhem, and still ignited two major wars. Being that the British were the major exporters of opium to China from from India, the Chinese citizens, or their government, were unhappy with the poisonous and lethal effects that the opium that the British government exported to their country brought.
Despite the fact that this activity took place some time back, the Chinese are still unhappy with the British government since they do not relate with them well. Important to note, however, is the fact that even though the Chinese government is unhappy with what the British government did to them, they cannot fight them [start another war] or even punish them for what they did even if the Federal law banned the use and consumption of opium in 1914.