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Social Perception of Drugs

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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