America's Challenges Essay

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Addiction. Obesity. Bigotry. Three words that carry such intensity, pain, and negativity able to stand alone without any support also, unfortunately, describe some of the negative characteristics of Americans, and my own family members, today. While I love my family unconditionally, certain members lead less than admirable lives exhibiting bad judgment, laziness, and narrow-mindedness. One would, ordinarily, be safe to assume that these characteristics no longer exist in such an advanced society that has fought for freedom and equality since its founding merely 300 years prior. One would also be wrong in that assumption since this is, unfortunately, not the case.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, illegal prescription drug use has risen 500 percent since 1990 and deaths relating to drug overdoses has increased over 540 percent since 1980. Staggering statistics as such should only exist in fiction and one should hope to never be a part of these statistics nor have a family member or friend that can be included. However, as deplorable as it may be, I personally know three people that have either abused prescription drugs within the past year or is currently abusing prescription drugs. Whether it be injecting a prescribed medicine intravenously, ingesting nasally, or selling for profit, abuse of prescription drugs by Americans has become a major challenge facing the United States, second only to Marijuana. The annual report, “National Survey on Drug Use and Health”, provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), notes the number of people abusing prescription medications has risen 10% from 2011 to 2012. Of these numbers, one half received the prescription medication from a friend of family members at no cost and another 15% either bought or took them from a friend or relative.
Big Mac, Whopper, Monster Thickburger, XXL Grilled Stuft Buritto, and Double Baconator are all sandwiches that can be ordered, cooked, and served in just minutes at national fast food restaurant chains. These sandwiches have become a quick and easy alternative to a healthy home cooked meal that Americans are rapidly becoming famous for. Further, fast food restaurants have also become the large cause of another adverse trend in America, obesity. While obesity has leveled off in the past year, USA Today reports 34.9% of Americans were obese in 2012, meaning thirty five pounds over the target weight for their height. Of these numbers, middle-aged African-American women...

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