THE WAR ON DRUGS

THE WAR ON DRUGS, Estúdio447 English Club, Workshop de inglês, Moema, São Paulo

THE WAR ON DRUGS

* Should all drugs be legalised? A discussion about the war on drugs and the debate surrounding legalisation.
 

INTRODUCTION
The effects of drug use, the global drugs trade and the war on drugs continues to have a devastating effect across the world. In this workshop we will look at the history of the war on drugs and discuss solutions to solving drug related problems in our society, while debating if drugs should be legalised.


THE WAR ON DRUGS
The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. THIS BAND IS NOT THE FOCUS OF THIS WORKSHOP! Do however check out their song ‘Red Eyes’ - it’s one of their best.


WHAT IS A DRUG?
Drug: (noun) is a medicine or other substance, which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Drugs are chemicals that alter, block, or mimic chemical reactions in the brain. This causes an alteration of the body's normal processes, causing physical changes, such as a faster heartbeat, deeper respiration, etc., or mental changes, such as an elevated mood, new thought processes, etc. Drugs are used for a myriad of purposes, from anaesthetic to psychotherapy, or to just being able to wake up in the morning with your caffeine-fuelled coffee.


ILLEGAL DRUGS STATISTICS
More people are using more drugs than ever. To get a scale of the problem, let’s look at some data from a recent 2016 report by the United Nations. They estimated that 1 in 20 adults, or a quarter of a billion people between the ages of 15 and 64 years, used at least one illegal drug in 2014. Of which it is believed that 29 million people suffer from a drug use disorder, but only 1 in 6 of these people are in treatment. The data shows that approximately 12 million people are injecting illegal drugs annually, of which 1.6 million are living with HIV.

Way back in 2003, "the global drug trade generated an estimated US$321.6 billion." With a world GDP of US$36 trillion in the same year, the illegal drug trade may be estimated as nearly 1% of total global trade. 1 Due to the illegal nature of this business it is one of the biggest killers along side other deadly industries such as fossil fuels, war and tobacco. Since 2006 over 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico alone as a result of the drug war 2 and an estimated 207,400 drug related deaths occurred globally in 2014. [1]


*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF 'THE WAR ON DRUGS' WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE. 


The rest of this workshop will discuss...

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF DRUG PROHIBITION
  • ILLEGAL COFFE
  • WHO STARTED THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS
  • DRUGS AND PRISON
  • DRUGS AROUND THE WORLD
    • PORTUGAL
    • URUGUAY
    • MEXICO
    • AFGHANISTAN
    • BRAZIL
  • HOW EASY IS IT TO BUY DRUGS?
  • PUNISHMENT VS TREATMENT
  • REGULATE AND TAX DRUGS 



QUESTION

Do you think all drugs should be legalised? Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.

 

 

VOCABULARY

  • myriad: (noun) [Portuguese: miríade] - countless or extremely great number. - "networks connecting a myriad of computers"
  • anaesthetic: (noun) [Portuguese: anestésico] - a substance that induces insensitivity to pain.
  • opium: (noun) [Portuguese: ópio] – a reddish-brown heavy-scented addictive drug prepared from the juice of the opium poppy, used as a narcotic and in medicine as an analgesic.
  • wildly: (adverb) [Portuguese: Descontroladamente] - to a ridiculous or extreme degree.
  • upheaval: (noun) [Portuguese: revolta] - a violent or sudden change or disruption to something. "major upheavals in the financial markets"
  • larceny: (noun) [Portuguese: roubo] - theft of personal property.
  • jurist: (noun) [Portuguese: jurista] - an expert in or writer on law.
  • to quell: (verb) [Portuguese: sufocar] - put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force. "extra police were called to quell the disturbance"
  • to backfire: (verb) (of a plan or action) [Portuguese: produzir efeitos negativos] - rebound adversely on the originator; have the opposite effect to what was intended. "overzealous publicity backfired on her"
  • dissent: (noun) [Portuguese: dissidência] - the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held.
  • slavery: (noun) [Portuguese: escravidão] - the state of being a slave.
  • jail: (noun) [Portuguese: cadeia] - a place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime.
  • dubbed: (verb to dub) [Portuguese: apelidado] – to give an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something). "the media dubbed anorexia “the slimming disease.”
  • on-going: (adjective) [Portuguese: em progresso] - continuing; still in progress.
  • wholesale: (adverb) [Portuguese: atacado] - being sold in large quantities to be retailed by others.
  • to get caught up: (phrasal verb of catch) [Portuguese: ficar preso em] - become involved in (something that one had not intended to become involved in).
  • struggling: (verb to struggle) [Portuguese: lutando] - make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.
  • poppy: (noun) [Portuguese: papoila]  - a herbaceous plant with showy flowers, milky sap, and rounded seed capsules. Many poppies contain alkaloids and are a source of drugs such as morphine and codeine.
  • addict: (noun) [Portuguese: viciado] a person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug.
  • mugged: (verb – to mug) [Portuguese: assaltado] - attack and rob (someone) in a public place.
  • drug dealer: (noun) [Portuguese: traficante de drogas] – a person who sells drugs
  • alleyway: (noun) [Portuguese: beco] - a narrow passageway between or behind buildings.
  • safe haven: (noun) [Portuguese: porto seguro] - a place of refuge or security.
  • hassle: (noun) [Portuguese: aborrecimento] - irritating inconvenience.
  • tax revenue: (noun) [Portuguese: receita tributária] – a percentage of money paid to the government based on income and profits.

 

EXTRA INFO

  • Indie rock: is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s. 

 

REFERENCES

  1. “World Drug Report 2016 Executive Summary”, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOCD)
  2. “UN report puts world's illicit drug trade at estimated $321b”, Niklas Pollard, June 2005, Reuters
  3. “Brief history of the drug war”, The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) 
  4. “10 interesting facts about coffee”, July 2013, Kauffy Coffee Blog
  5. “Drugs War Statistics”, The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
  6. “Incarceration Nation”, Fareed Zakaria, April 2012, Time Magazine
  7. “Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago – and now hardly anyone dies from overdosing”, Chris Ingraham, June 2015, The Independent  
  8. “One Year After Uruguay Legalized Marijuana, Here's What It's Become”, Tom McKay, December 2014, World MIC 
  9. “Mexican Drug War”, Wikipedia 
  10. “Drugs laws and drug enforcement around the world”, The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
  11. “4 lessons I learned from taking a stand against drugs and gun violence”, Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, October 2014, TED Talk 
  12. “How Buying Drugs Online Became Safe, Easy, and Boring”, Brian Doherty, December 2014, reason.com
  13. “Colorado Topped $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sales in 2016”, Tom Huddleston, Jr. December 2016, Fortune 

 

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