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How has the perception of some drugs changed over time? How have some drugs become more socially accepted or less socially accepted? In what context?

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1. How has the perception of some drugs changed over time? How have some drugs become more socially accepted or less socially accepted? In what context? Minimum 300 words

The perception of some drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines, and marijuana, has changed from being perceived as 'okay' for human consumption to being 'not okay' and illegal. This is due to the unforeseen addictive qualities of cocaine and amphetamines and the negatives implications of the regular use of marijuana (e.g., effects thinking, increases truancy and delinquency in youth, high negative impact on motivation). Interestingly. Freud used cocaine as a pain medication for himself and patients until he later realized its addictive powers. Cocaine was also used recreationally and in other over-the-counter tonics (e.g. cough medicine, etc.). Cocaine was first used recreationally in the 1860s, with people using cocaine as a recreational drug almost as soon as it was synthesized. A few years after its synthesis, cocaine appeared in cigarettes, ointments, nasal sprays, and preparations sold as tonics. These legal tonics had ...

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This solution explains how the perception of some drugs has changed over time, including examples of how some drugs have become more socially accepted or less socially accepted and in what contexts. Supplemented with two highly informative articles on specific drugs.

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Historical Origins:

The first hospital for the mentally ill people was opened in Williams Berg, Virginia. 1773. Originally there were only eight hospitals but the crusades by Dorothea Dix led to establishment of 32 more, where the patients were mostly from Alms houses, Jails etc. The census of 1840, included insane and idiotic.

As we find in the above article the movement commencing from 1773 to the present day has undergone a number of changes, public opinion and views, to treatment. Various acts have been singed by different Governors and Presidents recognizing it a major challenge needing urgent innovation, study, research, analysis and involving use of new drugs and change of the response and attitude of the people in general towards such patients.

With the result the number of such patients has come down. President Kennedy signed the legislation for custodial institutional cared. Consequently alcoholics and drug abuse disorders started getting grants. Massachusetts started using the concept of Behavioral health in the treatment of such people including children and elderly.

The dream of fuller social integration has remained a dream as there are many people without work, with limited social interaction passing their days in sheltered environments. Inadequate services fail to cater to the complicated needs of the patients. Services in their turn create a ghetto like situation where patients meet with each other but rarely in social community. Many feel that community psychiatry be replaced by psychiatric community.

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