Robust Verbs – Roc050

There is a huge problem in Vancouver with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can to stop the addicts. The problem is that there is a large crime rate due to the addicts. It is obvious that addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day lives. Daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain because of the fact that they are using. By heroin users being addicted, they will do whatever they have to do to get their hands on the drug. The types of crimes committed are those of breaking and entering as well as stealing. There are no limits to where they will go to retrieve this drug so that they can feed their addiction. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin. It is only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. By providing the drug, these addicts will be off the streets, which in turn will prevent them from committing minor street crimes. This will also keep the heroin users out of the hospital. It is pointless that the hospitals have to deal with people that want to use bad drugs or unsanitary needles and find themselves being unable to afford hospital bills and hard to cope without the drug. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible. This will in turn fix the city but not the addiction that these people face.

The city of Vancouver has a problem, crimes such as breaking and entering and stealing have gone up due to heroin addictions throughout the city. Addicts will steal and commit whatever crime it takes to feed their addiction, thus the reason for the “free heroin for addicts” program. By allowing addicts access to free heroin, the crime rate in the city will go down. The addict will no longer need to go to extreme measure of breaking and entering and stealing, because the drug is supplied for them for free. Although the program will provide clean and safe drugs to addicts, the intent is not to help addiction,  the reason for is to reduce crimes that addicts are committing in the city.

PTSD claims – roc050

Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms.

This is a causal claim. The writer implies that the longer you are around someone with PTSD the more likely you are to “catch” if from them. This also implies that PTSD is in fact contagious. However can it actually be proven that the symptoms of PTSD can be spread from one person to another.

in soldiers, the incidence of PTSD goes up with the number of tours and amount of combat experienced.

The author seems to try to make a factual claim. And it may be, but he or she does not back up the claim with any numbers or studies to prove so. Without proof makes it seem more like an opinion. It really is a causal claim, for instance the more tours soldiers have the more likelihood of PTSD occurrence. Also the use of the word soldier here is misleading. Is the author generalizing all military members as soldiers, or just speaking about army members. For example Marines are marines, Air Force are Airmen, Navy are Sailors, and Army are soldiers. Is it just soldiers that have increase PTSD based on numbers of tours and combat situations or is it all military members. This also falls in the category of a numerical and comparative claims.

This PTSD picture is worse than some, but much better, Brannan knows, than those that have devolved into drug addiction and rehab stints and relapses.

The author uses a comparative claim here. She compares one PTSD picture to another. implying there a various different levels of PTSD. Just because one person uses drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism doesn’t make his or her PTSD worse than another.



Purposeful Summary 1 : “After Combat, Victims of an Inner War”

It seems counterintuitive that a soldier is strong enough to survive combat overseas but not strong enough to survive regular everyday life of being back home. But that is exactly what happened to members of the 1451st and hundreds of other military members in the United States.

Suicide in among military and ex-military members who have been to combat zones is on the rise. Vets that come home from war often experience incredible guilt and mental pain. These vets tend to isolate themselves and some actually would rather go back overseas because it is too difficult to adjust to normal everyday civilian life.

These symptoms and problems vets experience can be too much to handle. And although they were strong enough to fight for our country and made it through month and year long tours in a warzone, the trip and life back home can be too much to handle. Unfortunately in many cases it ends with the veteran taking his own life.

Purposeful Summary 2: “Ptsd Crisis That.s Being Ignored”

It seems counterintuitive that a normal us citizen can experience ptsd even though they have never been in the military or in combat zones. But they can.

It is being discovered that individuals who live in more violent neighborhoods and those that have experienced a traumatic incident are developing ptsd at an alarming rate. Its very clear to many doctors and social workers who treat victims of violent crimes that these victims can and will develop symptoms of ptsd just like a veteran who toured Iraq or Afghanistan.

Many hospitals across the country have patients who will likely develop ptsd. However they do not have the resources or means to help individuals deal with the disorder. pstd in our neighborhoods and among civilians is becoming a serious problem.

My Hypothesis – roc050


  1. PTSD and depression
  2. PTSD and depression lead to substance abuse
  3. A combination of ptsd/depression and drug use can have serious and deadly effects on people.
  4. Those who suffer from ptsd/depression use drugs and alcohol to cover up feelings and thoughts associated with ptsd and depression, which often makes symptoms worse.
  5. Some drugs, like anti-depressants however can help individuals control the symptoms of ptsd and depression.
  6. Psycho active drugs such as mushrooms, mdma, and lsd are the most effective way to cure extreme cases of ptsd and depression.