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Isenberg 1 Russell Isenberg Dr. Kowalski English 125 1 November 2005 The Drug Problem Today Every person encounters drugs in their lifetime, some at a young age, and some not until later in life. When I reached this point, I wondered if there was anything that could be done to stop the use of drugs, or at least to slow the rate of usage. This was an issue that my friends and I would talk about at school, but not until reading Drugs , by Gore Vidal, did I realize that the legalization of drugs is not a viable option. Vidal starts his essay by stating that “it is possible to stop most drug addiction in the United States within a very short time” (384), which when first read, grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. He says we must “make all drugs available and sell them at cost” (384). After reading this paragraph, I questioned Vidal. He has a very interesting point, but I do not believe that selling drugs at cost will get rid of the problem; people will still buy the drugs, and people will find ways around selling the drugs at cost. Despite the questions that are raised, he goes on to say that we should “label each drug with a precise description of what effect - good and bad - the drug will have on the taker” (384). I do not think that labeling the drugs with the effects will make people stop using them. People know the consequences of using drugs, but choose to use them anyways, despite the warnings given by parents and health
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Isenberg 2 experts. Up until this point, I find myself disagreeing with his views on this issue. But the further we dive into the paper, the more I find myself disagreeing with Vidal’s argument. Vidal continues by telling the audience that “I have tried almost every drug and like none” (384), which I do not think helps to prove his argument, in fact, it detracts from his fight. But not only does he describe his drug use, but he says that: ..it might be good for our citizens to recall that the United States was the creation of men who believed that each man has the right to do what he wants with his own life as long as he does not interfere with his neighbor’s pursuit of happiness” (384-385). After that point, I could do nothing but disagree with his points, except for the
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