Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse

Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse

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  • Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse
    • What is a drug?
      • Drug Abuse
        • Using drugs in a way that harms the user
        • Teachings
          • We are God's Temple
            • Destruction of our own body
          • We are made in God's likeness and image
          • His Spirit lives within us
          • I will not use drugs or drink that confuse the mind- The Fifth Precept
      • A substance which when taken, affects the body or mind
    • Drugs and the Law
      • Social drugs are legal despite having an age-limit
      • Prescribed drugs are legal only for the person they have been prescribed for
      • Solvent
        • Some Aerosols, glue and gas lighters abused by sniffing, Cause hallucinations and can be fatal
    • Classification of Illegal Drugs
      • Class A
        • Heroin, Ectasy LSD, Cocaine, Crack
        • 7 years for possession, maximum of life for supply
      • Class B
        • Amphetamines, Cannabis
        • 5 years for possession and 14 years for supply
      • Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
      • Classified on level of harm and addiction
      • Class C
        • Anabolic Steroids and Tranquilizers
        • Possesion if legal (prescription if needed) and 14 years for supply
    • Social Drugs
      • Addictive
        • Alcohol
          • Over 30 000 alcohol related deaths
          • Cost the NHS £2.7 billion in 2007
            • Reasons for not using social drugs
              • Some religions forbid the use of social drugs due to the harm they cause to the body
                • Christians and Jews do not forbid drinking alcohol in moderation
                  • Smoking is due to the harm it does
                    • Passive Smoking
                      • Reasons for not using social drugs
                        • Some religions forbid the use of social drugs due to the harm they cause to the body
                          • Christians and Jews do not forbid drinking alcohol in moderation
                            • Smoking is due to the harm it does
                              • Passive Smoking
                                • Over 17000 children younger than 5 are treated a year
                                • Love your neighbour as yourself
                      • Over 17000 children younger than 5 are treated a year
                      • Love your neighbour as yourself
          • Heart disease, Liver failure, obesity, addiction, hangover, vomiting, aggression, poor decision making, financial problems, embarassmentto family
      • Over 120 000 people die in Britain due to smoking related diseases
      • Over 30 000 alcohol related deaths
      • Alcohol
        • Cost the NHS £2.7 billion in 2007
          • Heart disease, Liver failure, obesity, addiction, hangover, vomiting, aggression, poor decision making, financial problems, embarassmentto family
        • Tobacco
          • Addictive
          • Heavily taxed to encourage people not to smoke and drink excessively
        • The Cannabis Debate
          • Class B Drug since 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act
          • Arguments for Legalisation
            • Legalised drugs can be taxed
            • Decriminalising cannabis allows the police to focus on more serious drugs.
            • It is less harmful than other social drugs such as alcohol and tobacco
          • Arguments for Illegalisation
            • Long term users are more likely to experience side effects due to stronger forms of the drug
              • 500 people admitted per week due to cannabis related problems
                • Approx 100 people develop long term psychotic illnesses
                  • Long term users are more likely to experience side effects due to stronger forms of the drug
                    • 500 people admitted per week due to cannabis related problems
                      • Approx 100 people develop long term psychotic illnesses
              • Its harmful, therefore it should be illegal if it classified to be
          • Reasons for not using illegal drugs
            • Only personal freedom can justify use of illegal drugs
            • Harmful physically but also cause a strain on finance as well as the NHS
            • Emphasis on the harm the drug does on the individual, the family and society in general
          • Reasons for taking drugs
            • Curiosity, Enjoy the experience, addiction, peer pressure, mistakes, fun, Bad decisions, Show off, Escapism, Lack of Confidence
          • Teachings
            • We are God's Temple
              • Destruction of our own body
            • We are made in God's likeness and image
            • His Spirit lives within us
            • I will not use drugs or drink that confuse the mind- The Fifth Precept

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