1. From 1960 to the present, drug use has become a widespread phenomenon.
2. Drugs are much more potent than they were years ago.
3. Drug use remains extremely popular. Drugs sales are a multibillion-dollar-a-year business, with major influence on many national economies.
4. More so today than years ago, both licit and illicit drugs are experimented with by youths at an increasingly younger age.
These drugs are often supplied by older siblings, friends, and acquaintances.
5. Through the media (such as television, radio, magazine, and newspaper advertising), people in today's society are more directly exposed to drug advertising.
6. Greater availability and wider dissemination of drug information through emails, drug websites for purchasing prescription drugs without prescriptions, chat rooms, and methods and instructions on how to make drugs.
7. Crack as well as methamphetamine and other manufactured "newer" drugs offer potent effects at a low cost.
8. Drug use endangers the future of a society by harming youth and potentially destroying the lives of many young men and women.
9. Drug use (and drug dealing) are becoming major factors in the growth of crime rates among youth.
10. Seven in ten drug users work full-time and this increases the possibility of serious accidents in the workplace.
Coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, depressants (such as barbiturates), and narcotics have been subject to a wide range of controls, varying from none to rigid restrictions in America.
A few countries historically have instituted severe penalties, such as strangulation for smoking tobacco or opium, and strict bans on alcohol.
In other countries, these substances have been deemed either legal or prohibited, depending on the political situation and the desires of the population.
Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
Examples of Schedule II narcotics include: hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), methadone (Dolophine®), meperidine (Demerol®), oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®), and fentanyl (Sublimaze®, Duragesic®). Other Schedule II narcotics include: morphine, opium, and codeine.
Examples of Schedule II stimulants include: amphetamine (Dexedrine®, Adderall®), methamphetamine (Desoxyn®), and methylphenidate (Ritalin®). Other Schedule II substances include: amobarbital, glutethimide, and pentobarbital.