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Most of us take a drug in some form every single day – caffeine, painkillers, alcohol, nicotine…It is unrealistic to think that we can just ’ban’ them. Drug abuse is a problem, but it is often a symptom of something else. too. Prevention should be a focus, but so should a wide variety of approaches and tactics. I struggle with the ’legalisation’ argument – with a few notable exceptions. But I do think that punishing addicts and showing no compassion for their struggles is counter intuitive. Drugs lead to crime, abuse, homelessness and child neglect – so the more that we can do to support those suffering – both directly and indirectly – the better.
(Anonymous at June 15, 2018 10:20 am)
No beacuse they were ceated by God
(Ibra (Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:18 pm)
No drugs are a souruce of happiness they help people to be happy so they should not be banned
(Sadat(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:19 pm)
Yes drugs should be banned beacsue they make someone loose control and one over laughs which affects the brains and other people not comfortable with you
(Edwine(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:21 pm)
Yes, someone can waste money on drugs instead of saving
(Benard(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:25 pm)
Yes, because they affect our healthy when one takes tobbacco
(Steve(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:26 pm)
Drugs can cause accidents when someone is drunk, so thay should be banned completely
(Alvin(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:28 pm)
Drugs increase the rate of crimes in the society beacuse one thinks he is the king of everything and starts behaving bad
(Brian(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:29 pm)
No they should not be banned because they are a source of income to the people so they help to allievate poverty when one sell them and gets money one can get what to eat
(Ashiraf(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:31 pm)
Yes, beacsue they result into dealth espeicially when one over takes them
(David(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:34 pm)
Yes it brings poverty to people
(Nuhu(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:35 pm)
NO, they should not be banned because they make someone to be energized and active
(Ibra(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:36 pm)
Yes, some drugs have bad smell which affect others
(Oboth(Uganda) at June 25, 2018 4:37 pm)
yes because drugs result into death.
(bwire edrine. at June 28, 2018 11:11 am)
Yes they desroy our lives
(ibrauganda at June 28, 2018 11:17 am)
No,because it is what some people use to earn a living
(oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:18 am)
YES because drugs lead to poverty in a community.
(bwire (uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:18 am)
NO, some people use them as medicine
(malizi at June 28, 2018 11:20 am)
YES because drugs can lead to self neglect.
(bwire (uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:21 am)
YES because drugs can lead to madness.
(bwire (uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:22 am)
He does not feel cold at night when he takes drugs.
(derrick(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:24 am)
Yes, because they spoil the young generation.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:24 am)
YES because drugs can lead to separation of families.
(david (uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:26 am)
Yes, they should be banned because spoil our teeth.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:30 am)
Yes, some drugs that are imported to the African countries are duplicate.these drugs hence affect peoples health
(malizi uganda at June 28, 2018 11:30 am)
YES because drugs to divorce between our parents.
(david (uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:31 am)
YES because drugs can lead someone into stealing.
(brenda(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:35 am)
No, some drugs are a source of income to people who sell them for-example those operating in bars
(malizi uganda at June 28, 2018 11:36 am)
NO because drugs give some people more energy to work e.g carrying heavy things like cement.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:46 am)
No, because they are family background.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:46 am)
Yes, drugs cause poverty among people who addicted to using them
(john uganda at June 28, 2018 11:48 am)
Yes, they should be banned because they lead to domestic violence in families leading to increased number of street children
(Tabitha (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:52 am)
NO because other drugs are used us medicine.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:53 am)
They should be banned because they lead to increased rape in society leading to high rate of school drop outs.
(oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:56 am)
NO, Once a person takes drugs ,they make him/her confortable and energetic to do activities.
(john uganda at June 28, 2018 11:56 am)
Yes, drugs cause disputes at home
(john uganda at June 28, 2018 12:00 pm)
Yes, because they lead to increased rate of child abuse in the society.
(oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:00 pm)
Over using drugs like weed lead to madness
(Denis(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:09 pm)
Drugs can lead to brain damage due to over using them
(Denis(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:10 pm)
Over using drugs can make someone to be neglected in the family and society
(Isaac(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:12 pm)
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The final poll for our online debate. It seems most people think that NO drugs should NOT be banned from society.
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Posted by Olivia (UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 1:05 pm
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No, drugs should not be banned from society but they should be strictly monitored and controlled.
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Posted by Anonymous
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:22 pm
controlled by whom? Who is trustworthy?
(Gareth UK at June 28, 2018 12:32 pm)
They can be controlled by the government and good people
(Ibra(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:38 pm)
Self control is also key in controlling drug usage
(Yamima(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:58 pm)
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no as they can be a source of income.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:17 pm
Should they be a source of income though?
(Anonymous at June 28, 2018 12:33 pm)
They can be a source of income if the government allows it because some of the drugs are used as medicine
(Derrick(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:39 pm)
I would also like to question whether it is morally ok for companies to make big profits from life saving drugs?
(Nicola UK at June 28, 2018 12:50 pm)
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Anything in a small dose is ok as it acts as a pick me up. Its to do with how much and what strength of drugs we are taking. If we can learn to have what is enough and not what is too much then drugs can help us rather than harm us. Its our addictive personalities that are the problem.
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Posted by Katie (australia)
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:09 pm
I strongly believe they should be banned in society because they give their user a false hope.
(Moreen Uganda at June 28, 2018 1:10 pm)
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Anything can be made a drug. People will always find a way. I think preventative things like mental health support and building stronger communities is better.
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Posted by Erin USA
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:06 pm
I think this is not the solution of building mental health cemtres but it will be good to teach people the bad things about these drugs
(Alvin(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:41 pm)
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no because some drugs can be used for scientific purposes.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:04 pm
YES, that is true some drugs can be used for scientific purposes e.g alcohol.
(edrine(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:14 pm)
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I don’t think drugs should be banned. Sometimes you need them to make you get better, for example if you catch malaria. However, i think there should be tighter laws around them. Sometimes the people profiting are allowed to continue even if it hurts people and there should be tighter laws around this. I think we should also increase education for young people around the dangers of drugs and instead of harsh punishments people should work with them to help them change.
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Posted by Looooorla
Answered on June 28, 2018 12:03 pm
Does tighter laws really help? Every society which has harsh drug laws just seems to end up with full prisons.
(Gareth UK at June 28, 2018 12:19 pm)
Education is the best because everyone gets to know than putting laws on things where others don’t know the effects of these drugs
(Ivan(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:43 pm)
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no because some drugs have medicinal uses.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:55 am
Drugs should be banned because they increase the level of criminality, diseases and external death.
(Sarah(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:00 pm)
Are medicines good for us? People in the old days didnt have them so maybe they make us weaker
(Steve UK at June 28, 2018 12:02 pm)
Not all drugs are medicine so to a small extent drugs are medicine but to a greater extent drugs are not medicine, because most drugs lead to brain damange like over using alcohol.
(dennis [uganda] at June 28, 2018 12:15 pm)
Medicine is good however if over used they affect so I think all drugs can used on direction by the doctor and immediately when the doctor is seeing you not taking him home
(Okot(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:45 pm)
It depends on how you use the drugs for example you may take/ use it to cure acertain disease.
(Odere (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:50 pm)
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yes because drugs lead to immorality.
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Posted by opio (uganda)andrew
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:52 am
How do they do this? Is the drug in control or are you?
(Anonymous at June 28, 2018 11:58 am)
Drugs control your thinking so at times you do not know what you are doing,thats when you over use them.
(dennis[uganda] at June 28, 2018 12:22 pm)
When someone gets drunk the shame goes a way and can do anything like abusing people or even rape women under the influence of it because one feels he is the only one around and powerful
(Aphan(Kenya) at June 28, 2018 12:47 pm)
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yes because they make you have no energy and became lazy.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:45 am
NO because other drugs are used as fuel.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:59 am)
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yes because they create air pollution.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:39 am
True! for example smoking.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 1:01 pm)
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yes because they can cause diseases.
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Posted by opio (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:36 am
Drugs can stop you from resoning propary.
(drrick[uganda] at June 28, 2018 11:57 am)
How can they cause diseases?
(Alvin and Oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:29 pm)
If you take them for a long period they affect the lungs
(Steve(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:48 pm)
Yes, because they can cause diseases like lung cancer, mental disorders and death.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:57 pm)
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yes because it stops a person from developing
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Posted by kalede (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:30 am
Developing in what/
(edrine(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:07 pm)
Yes because a person may miss to go and work because may be he over slept and this may result to firing him or her at work.
(oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:38 pm)
You can’t develop in a way that whatever income you get you only think about buying drugs and yet if you used that little money it can help you maybe go to school or build a house for yourself or even buy good clothes for yourself
(Derrick(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:50 pm)
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yes because some drugs have bad smells which affect the environment
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Posted by kalede (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:25 am
Not all drugs smell bad and when you use them often they start to smell good to you even
(Dr cool kenya at June 28, 2018 11:47 am)
drugs affect people but not environment.
(edrine(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:04 pm)
Yes,it is true for example the first time you drink alcohol it is bitter but after it tasts good.
(dennis[uganda] at June 28, 2018 12:31 pm)
Yes, I agree with you because some people are allergic to the drug and when they smell them they get attacks. So-they should be banned.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:47 pm)
But evironment is people and the surrounding
(Faisal(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:52 pm)
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yes, because someone can lose mental control when they take drugs
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Posted by andrew (uganda)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:17 am
Drugs make me feel happy when I am sad
(unhappy at June 28, 2018 11:22 am)
Yes drugs should be banned in society because they make people sick and also become weak the following day
(Denis(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:36 am)
Drugs like cigarettes can make people develop lung cancer due to over using them
(Emma(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:06 pm)
Yes it is true, because drugs make someone drunk hence loss of body balance.
(david (uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:25 pm)
Yes, because someone may lose stability while walking.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:57 pm)
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We want drug policies to be reformed so people who use drugs are not criminalised. The fear of arrest makes many drug users reluctant to carry new syringes or attend health services, meaning they are less able to protect themselves from HIV.
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Posted by HIV/AIDS Alliance (UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:10 am
yes becaus drugslead to madness which after you become harmful to the community
(ODERE at June 28, 2018 11:37 am)
Years of drug control policies have not worked, that is one of the many reasons why we want a public health and supporting approach. Here is a website where you can find more information http://www.aidsalliance.org/news/895-alliance-pushes-for-harm-reduction-at-commission-on-narcotic-drugs
(HIV/AIDS Alliance (UK) at June 28, 2018 12:08 pm)
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Some medicinal drugs are becoming less effective from improper use – so we may soon reach a time where drugs dont work. We need to research how to use them differently and educate people about not overusing them not ban them.
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Posted by Debs USA
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:05 am
No because when someone takes drugs he can be energized and does work meant for 5 people by him/herself
(Emma(uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:39 am)
Yes when you use them you abuse who ever passes around you
(Andrew (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:43 am)
Drugs make you run mad.
(derrik (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:46 am)
you get crazy when you take drugs.
(derrik (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 11:49 am)
I agree.these drugs are useful so they should not be banned.
(andrew (uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:14 pm)
That is true. drugs should not just be banned. research should first be conducted.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:34 pm)
some drugs increase your performance like. [enjaga]
(dennis[uganda] at June 28, 2018 12:37 pm)
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The yes or no answers to our debate so far!
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Posted by Olivia (UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 11:03 am
No I need them for my headaches
(Ben UK at June 28, 2018 11:32 am)
Do you know the more you take them you feel headache
(Hakim(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:54 pm)
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Banning drugs will not stop the problem, people will always find a way to take them. We should do more to help those addicted to drugs so that they will not want to take them anymore
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Posted by Olivia (UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 10:40 am
What about stopping the supply? It is shameful that kids can access harmful drugs so easily!
(Sharon UK at June 28, 2018 11:13 am)
I don’t believe you can ever truly stop the supply, as people take so many different forms of drugs. It is sad that drugs are so readily available due to corruption, but providing support to the children who have become addicted should be the main priority in my opinion.
(Olivia (UK) at June 28, 2018 11:24 am)
people who are addicted to drugs should be taken to rehabilitation centers as away of providing counseling and guidance to them
(Bosco(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:24 pm)
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‘Drugs’ can be many different things, makes an answer hard. I think there should be control for children who may not understand how some drugs can be harmful.
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Posted by Liz (UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 8:48 am
drugs are harmful substances which affect peoples lives
(john uganda at June 28, 2018 12:07 pm)
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When you ban something it creates black/grey markets and people get to ‘drugs’ anyway. Control and legalisation could be a way of minimising the harm. Tricky one!
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Posted by Veronika (Czech Republic)
Answered on June 28, 2018 8:39 am
Good point! In Manchester police says Spice taking has doubled since it has been made illegal
(Tanja (UK) at June 28, 2018 10:21 am)
Put a limit on how you use things that may harm you for example alcohol
(dennis[uganda] at June 28, 2018 12:51 pm)
Good policies arround drugs should be put up like a stop to the people selling drugs to the young people
(Alex(Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:56 pm)
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What are drugs? Many things could harm us and we could be addicted to them and society does not label them as drugs: sugar, betting/gaming. Could we ban everything that harms people?
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Posted by Veronika (Czech Republic/ UK)
Answered on June 28, 2018 8:12 am
No, because sugar, betting/gaming are not drugs. Drugs are substances that cause harm to our healthy.
(Alvin (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:14 pm)
I do not agree with you because sugar, betting and games have never been categorized under drugs. Drugs make someone lose their sense of control while the above do not lead to this.
(oboth (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:19 pm)
No, some products like sugar, salt are used in the day to day life activities so they should not be banned
(john uganda at June 28, 2018 12:20 pm)
I dont think that sugar betting or gaming are drugs.
(Odere (Uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:31 pm)
Drugs are chemical substances that when inhaled (taken) are harmful to an individual. for example tobacco,cocaine,tar,marijuana.
(david(uganda) at June 28, 2018 12:50 pm)
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