Drugs, as they are commonly called, are now an inescapable feature of life: we are prescribed them for everything

from local bacterial

infections to systemic viral infections; we can by them without prescription to ward-off colds, fight colds and help us recover from colds; we consuming them socially both legally (in the form of alcohol) and illegally (marijuana, the amphetamines, heroin etc) to provide us with an anticipated sense of well-being. By very definition, at least in the way I must rationalise, a drug is a compound or substance that is either voluntarily or involuntarily into an individual organic system for the express purpose of engendering a specific effect somewhere within that organic system. That is, a specific drug is either taken or administered according to the effects it maybe expected to yield. For example, a doctor may order erythromycin for tonsillitis as it is known for its anti-bacterial properties, bacteria being the common cause of infection of the tonsils. Or a raver may decide on speed rather than ecstacy because the user would rather feel madly energetic than empathetic and slow. And again even drugs of identical property will have different results in different organisms, no matter how insignificant these variations might seem. Furthermore, all drugs have as a given the propensity for both positive and negative effects within the organic structure, a fact generally discussed in terms of desired effect and side effect.

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