Reiner 4 Neuroethics 65 Neuroscience has substantially advanced the understanding of how changes in brain biochemistry contribute to mechanisms of tolerance and physical dependence via exposure to addictive drugs. Promoting a brain disease concept is grounded in beneficent and utilitarian thinking: However such claims may yield unintended consequences by fostering discrimination commonly associated with pathology. Specifically, the language of neuroscience used to describe addiction may reduce attitudes such as blame and responsibility while inadvertently identifying addicted persons as neurobiological others.
Definitions[ edit ] Drugs, in the context of prohibition, are any of a number of psychoactive substances whose use a government or religious body seeks to control.
What constitutes a drug varies by century and belief system. What is a psychoactive substance is relatively well known to modern science. Almost without exception, these substances also have a medical use, in which case it is called a Pharmaceutical drug or just pharmaceutical.
The use of medicine to save or extend life or to alleviate suffering is uncontroversial in most cultures. Prohibition applies to certain conditions of possession or use. Recreational use refers to the use of substances primarily for their psychoactive effect outside of a clinical situation or doctor's care.
In the twenty-first century, caffeine has pharmaceutical uses.
Caffeine is used to treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia. In most cultures, caffeine in the form of coffee or tea is unregulated. Great Britain prohibited the possession of untaxed tea with the imposition of the Tea Act of In this case, as in many others, it is not substance that is prohibited, but the conditions under which it is possessed or consumed.
Those conditions include matters of intent, which makes the enforcement of laws difficult. In Colorado possession of "blenders, bowls, containers, spoons, and mixing devices" is illegal if there was intent to use them with drugs. Many drugs, beyond their pharmaceutical and recreational uses have industrial uses.
Nitrous oxideor laughing gas is a dental anaesthetic, also used to prepared whipped cream, fuel rocket engines, and enhance the performance of race cars. History[ edit ] The cultivation, use, and trade of psychoactive and other drugs has occurred since ancient times.
Concurrently, authorities have often restricted drug possession and trade for a variety of political and religious reasons. In the 20th century, the United States led a major renewed surge in drug prohibition called the " War on Drugs ". Today's War on Drugs is particularly motivated by the desire to prevent drug use, which is perceived as detrimental to society.
The prohibition on alcohol under Islamic Sharia law, which is usually attributed to passages in the Qur'andates back to the 7th century. Although Islamic law is often interpreted as prohibiting all intoxicants not only alcoholthe ancient practice of hashish smoking has continued throughout the history of Islamagainst varying degrees of resistance.
A major campaign against hashish-eating Sufis was conducted in Egypt in the 11th and 12th centuries resulting among other things in the burning of fields of cannabis. In the 14th century, the Islamic scholar Az-Zarkashi spoke of "the permissibility of its use for medical purposes if it is established that it is beneficial.
In the Ottoman EmpireMurad IV attempted to prohibit coffee drinking to Muslims as haraamarguing that it was an intoxicantbut this ruling was overturned soon after his death in The early association between coffeehouses and seditious political activities in England, led to the banning of such establishments in the midth century.
Infor example, King Ramathibodi Iof Ayutthaya Kingdom now Thailandprohibited opium consumption and trade. The prohibition lasted nearly years untilwhen King Rama IV allowed Chinese migrants to consume opium. While the Konbaung Dynasty prohibited all intoxicants and stimulants during the reign of King Bodawpaya — As the British colonized parts of Burma from they overturned local prohibitions and established opium monopolies selling Indian produced opium.
Between andimports of the drug increased fivefold. The drain of silver to India and widespread social problems that resulted from this consumption prompted the Chinese government to attempt to end the trade.
This effort was initially successful, with the destruction of all British opium stock in May China was defeated and the war ended with the Treaty of Nankingwhich protected foreign opium traders from Chinese law.
First modern drug regulations[ edit ] Papaver somniferum. The sale of drugs in the UK was regulated by the Pharmacy Act of The first modern law in Europe for the regulating of drugs was the Pharmacy Act in the United Kingdom.
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