Nicotine, a legal stimulant for those 18 years of age and older, is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths annually. Do you feel current legislative actions concerning tobacco use are sufficient when compared to “illegal” substances, which result in about 50,000 deaths annually?
Since the 1970s, have the effects of cocaine use on society gotten worse or better? Defend your position with examples.
Addiction to barbiturates can be critical in terms of lethality as measured by the therapeutic index. Provide an example which explains how this phenomenon might lead to an accidental overdose. Why is this factor more critical with barbiturates than with other classes of depressant drugs?
What is your opinion about the direct marketing of sedative hypnotics like Lunesta and Ambien? How has the marketing of these drugs influenced society’s perception of the benefits of drug use?