Thomas Szasz The Ethics of Addiction 1. The World Health Organization says, “Drug addiction is a state of periodic use of chronic intoxication detrimental to the individual and to society, produced by the repeated consumption of a drug (natural or synthetic). This definition hinges on the harm done to both the individual and society. Medical opinion holds that whether a person engages in a supposed drug use is medically irrelevant, since it is a matter of personal morals or life-styles. (diabetes) 2. Most of the propagandists against drugs seek to justify certain repressive policies because of the alleged dangerousness of various drugs, they often falsify the facts about the pharmacological properties of the drugs they seek to prohibit. The first reason for lying is that many substances are as harmful as the substances they want to promote. Secondly, the more they ignore the moral dimensions of the problem, the more they escalate their fraudulent claims about the dangers of drugs. 3.
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