The Valpo Core Reader


Joe Troyer

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Argument Essay

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The use of mind-altering narcotics has enthralled humankind throughout history. The ancient Egyptians drank wine and other alcoholic beverages, as did the Romans and Jews during the time of Christ. There is documented evidence that many seventeenth century Far Eastern cultures were subject to a good deal of opium use, and during Medieval times, alcohol use was widespread. This history of drug use continues today, most notably in the United States. The two most widely used legal drugs in the U.S., alcohol and tobacco, are used every day all over the country. In addition, there are many illegal drugs that see daily use and abuse. Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are collectively used by millions, and addictions to drugs such as LSD, PCP, opium, and others have become commonplace as well.