It seems counterintuitive to give out heroin freely, and safely to heroin addicts. However this is exactly what the city of Vancouver is doing. After dealing with the heroin epidemic for years, Vancouver decided to give out pure, and clean heroin to anyone dependent on it. Addicts can visit a “safe zone” called Insite. These addicts are getting safe dosages of heroin, which satisfy their needs, so they won’t be out in the streets trying to pull together as much money as they can to get high. If someone breaks into cars to steal money for heroin, then they won’t have to do that anymore. However there is a darker side to this already dark use of heroin. Thompson says, “he needs free heroin or he’ll break into a car.” This sentence accurately depicts how this program is blackmail. The individuals addicted receiving heroin are already addicted to heroin, and its not like this program gets them clean, since they are still receiving the drug. This method does not guarantee a solution for people to quit the drug completely. By giving addicts an easy way to get high the city is really “killing the addicts with kindness.” This solution just digs the already-addicts deeper into a pit of heroin usage. There is no hope for them getting off of it, and by having it easily available it might just worsen their terrible habits.
It seems counterintuitive that multivitamins, a product that is supposed to be beneficial for you, can be harmful if eaten too frequently. It would be tough to fathom the fact that the 28 billion dollar supplement industry has been feeding us fake vitamins. Millions of Americans take a multivitamin, however there is no evidence that ensures the positive effects of taking them. In fact some nutritionists believe that vitamin deficiency in the U.S is very uncommon. According to a study most people taking vitamins get enough nutrients from food alone, even if their diet consists of fatty, salty, or sugary foods. Most food sold at the supermarket today is packed with extra vitamins and minerals due to the advancements in the food industry over the past years. If someone takes both a vitamin and eats enough of certain foods, they can get an excess of nutrients in the body which can be detrimental to overall health. It can lead to heart disease, and even birth defects.
It seems counterintuitive that sanctions should be imposed on Iran to de-escalate its nuclear and military state, based on the failures from sanctions on South Africa. The sanctions on South Africa many years ago proved to be successful in disarming its nuclear program, and shifting it to a state of democracy. However it devastated both the economy and the black population. When a sanction is applied the economy does substantially worse. Its growth and development are both affected and in the case of South Africa, many industrial workers were put out of work. The skilled labor force then became the dominant player in the workforce. The skilled laborers were made up of Whites, not blacks. Many analysts argue that sanctions “weaken civil society and strengthen the state.” Others think that sanctions will wipe out the middle class, and have them merge with the lower class. All this very well could happen in Iran after the sanctions have been enforced.