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Drugs

  • What is a drug?
  • What is the difference between a "legal recreational drug" a "prescription drug" and an "illegal drug"?
  • Why do you think people take drugs?
  • Do you think drugs lead people into crime?
  • Do you think that users of hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine have first used alcohol and tobacco?

Prescription drugs

  • Are antibiotics considered drugs?
  • Why are "prescription drugs" only available on prescription?
  • Are there "prescription drugs" available in your country without a need of prescription, e.g., antibiotic, blood pressure medicine, etc?
  • Why is it important to complete a course of drug treatment for addiction/abuse even if symptoms disappear?
  • Why do you think we shouldn't mix alcohol and antibiotics?
  • What do you do with any prescription drugs "left over" after treatment?

Recreational drugs

  • Are alcohol and nicotine drugs?
  • Are coffee and chocolate drugs?
  • Why are some drugs legal and some illegal?
  • Are some legal recreational drugs more dangerous than illegal drugs?

The law and illegal drugs

  • Some states in the US have legalised marijuana consumption. What is your opinion about suggestions that marijuana should be legalised?
  • Should doctors be allowed to prescribe marijuana? What would be the advantages and disadvantages?
  • Do you think marijuana is the most dangerous drug?
  • What do you think of the idea that people have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies?
  • Who is the victim in the crime of taking illegal drugs?
  • Should people be punished in any way for using drugs? How should they be punished?
  • Should there be punishments for dealing in drugs? How should they be punished?
  • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of making all drugs legal?
  • What would happen if alcohol and tobacco were made illegal?
  • Is there a drug problem in your town/ country?

Employment

  • What is your opinion about employers carrying out drug tests on their employees?
  • What is your opinion about employers carrying out tests for hangovers?
  • Should employers have the right to refuse to employ smokers?

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