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The Argument on Drug Policy: Which Side Are You On?

the debate on drug policyFor more than four decades now, governments all over the world have waged war on illicit drugs. And yet, after forty years of a war that has taken more than its share of time, resources, and human lives, what do we have to show for it? A drug problem that seems even worse than when the global war on drugs started all those years ago. In addition, the United States, which spearheaded this war over the years, has already legalised medical marijuana use as well as recreational use in a number of states.

Many experts are starting to declare the war on drugs to be a failure, but there are other individuals and groups that advocate the continuation of the war on drugs. If you had an actual say about your government’s drug policy, what would you propose? Which side are you on on the matter of drug policy?

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The Effect of Legalising Marijuana in US Workplaces

marijuana useMany marijuana users in the United States rejoiced when a number of states legalised medical—and for some, recreational—use of the substance. Employers, however, have to put up with even more complicated issues surrounding the implementation of existing workplace drug policies vis-à-vis the new legal status of marijuana.

In an article written by Matt Dunning for Business Insurance, he quoted experts attending Business Insurance’s 2015 Risk Management Summit in New York as saying that legalising marijuana has left employers facing a big challenge in enforcing workplace anti-drug policies.

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Can Taking the High Out the Drugs Help Users Quit?

drug useIn most cases, people who take illicit drugs take them to get high. But what if there was some way that that high could be blocked? Can taking the high out the drugs help users quit? Considering that basically all kinds of existing drug addiction treatments can give no guarantee that a drug addict would never, ever relapse, there are many instances of addicts actually losing their craving for drugs and quitting after the high was taken out of them.

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Can Workplace Drug Testing Reduce Racial Disparities?

racial disparityLet’s face it: despite all the strides made in making the world a much more racially-tolerant place, the world can still be a racially-biased one. This is undeniably true in choosing people for employment. For one reason or another, unspoken racial biases still play a huge role in hiring. There is a possibility, however, that this racial disparity in hiring could be reduced by workplace drug testing. That is what a 2014 study by Notre Dame economist Abigail Wozniak seems to be suggesting.

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