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The term drug abuse most often refers to the use of a drug with such
frequency that it causes physical or mental harm to the user or
impairs social functioning. Although the term seems to imply that
users abuse the drugs they take, in fact, it is themselves or others
they abuse by using drugs.
Traditionally, the term drug abuse referred to the use of any drug
prohibited by law, regardless of whether it was actually harmful or
not. This meant that any use of marijuana, for example, even if it
occurred only once in a while, would
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Drug abuse dates as far back as the Biblical era, so it is not a new phenomenon. “The emotional and social damage and the devastation linked to drugs and their use is immeasurable.” The ripple of subversive and detrimental consequences from alcoholism, drug addictions, and addictive behavior is appalling. Among the long list of effects is lost productivity, anxiety, depression, increased crime rate, probable incarceration, frequent illness, and premature death. The limitless consequences include the destruction to personal development, relationships, and families (Henderson 1-2). “Understandably, Americans consider drug abuse to be one of the most serious problems” in the fabric of society
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Drug Abuse is generally defined as the use of a drug with such frequency that the user has physical or mental harm or it impairs social abilities. The substances that are discussed in this report are called psychoactive drugs; those drugs that influence or alter the workings of the mind, affect moods, emotions, feelings, and thinking processes.
There are three basic characteristics that indicate that the user is dependent on a drug. First, the user continues to use the drug for an extended period of time. Second, the user finds it difficult to stop using the drug. They may drop out of school, steal, go to jail, lose their
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Drug Abuse is generally defined as the use of a drug with such frequency
that the user has physical or mental harm or it impairs social abilities. The
substances that are discussed in this report are called psychoactive drugs;
those drugs that influence or alter the workings of the mind, affect moods,
emotions, feelings, and thinking processes.
There are three basic characteristics that indicate that the user is
dependent on a drug. First, the user continues to use the drug for an extended
period of time. Second, the user finds it difficult to stop using the drug. They
may drop out of school, steal, go to jail, lose their jobs
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force contributes the whole individual giving direction to a person's existence. Drug abuse changes the many sides of a person's life. Every one has relationship with family, friends, schoolmates or the people in the community in which he lives. He has to adjust himself to fit in all of these social institutions. Misuse of drugs alters and destroys our relationship with others. This is how a man's social life is affected. A person's educational life become abruptly shortens when he seriously involved with drugs. During the educational life when he becomes addicted to drugs his skill remains undeveloped and life rendered meaningless. He looses his job if he is found using drugs in the
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After reviewing the case study provided it is very evident that Matt has a substance abuse problem. He is a college student who is struggling to find a sense of belonging. He spends a great deal of time alone worrying about the financial burden he is placing on his family. His mother currently reported concern with Matt’s drinking habits, because her husband is a recovering alcoholic. His friends and roommate are suspicious about his use of alcohol and possibly even other substances such as cocaine.
I feel the theoretical perspective that coincides with Matt’s substance abuse is the adaptive model. His father is a recovering alcoholic, who most likely drank
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Drug Abuse in Nigeria
Today, you only have to switch on your television, radio or open a newspaper or magazine to be aware that the structure of our society is being contaminated by the growing evil plague of drug abuse.
Drug abuse, is one of the major problems in the Nigerian society. Actually, almost every country faces such problem today. A lot of measures are taken to struggle against drug abuse, and, definitely, some changes for the better are evident. However, this problem is not eliminated and perhaps, will never be completely stopped. The repetitive death of drug users today has become an everyday event, that most of us had used it. The numbers of the victims is
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Prescription drug abuse has become increasingly prevalent among teens in the county. There has been an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs believe they are safer than other illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified this prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. More and more teens are becoming addicted to these substances and the epidemic is only growing.
Prescription drug abuse by teens has been rapidly increasing over the last five years. According to nationally projectable survey by
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Drug use is a controversial issue where different people have different opinions. It varies from individual to individual, from society to a way of life, and from legal to illegal. Drugs become abused whether they are recreational, narcotics or alcohol. When we talk about the misuse of substances and how they are used for the wrong reason without regulations that put the person at risk without taking that into account. It is like gambling when an individual use recreational drugs or abuse narcotics. If these ventures were taken into account the amount of damage to themselves, I am sure they would put a limit to it.
It has been identified that there are some ethics for families
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Use of drugs by early adolescents is increasing by the minute. Approximately 12.8 million Americans twelve and older use illegal drugs daily. Adolescents seem to abuse drugs more than any other age group. Ninety percent of Americans who have used illegal drugs have used marijuana or hashish. Society says drugs are evil and that they can turn a person into a rapist or murderer. America happens to be the most drug-aware and drug-experienced society in the world (Bancroft 2). Yet the United States of America has the highest drug abuse rate of any country in the world. Most Americans believe that drug abuse is a social problem. 45% of Americans know someone that is a drug addict. Drug use
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1Drug Abuse and Addiction"Road accident! Four killed! Driver under influence of alcohol!" "Boy killed father for not giving him money!"These are the headlines that often hit the newspaper. These are mainly due to drug abuse and addiction. Many people think this is none of their concern and that their family members are smart enough not to become addicted to drugs. However, this is not true. Any person at any age can indulge in drug abuse.Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960's by music and mass media, they invade all aspects of society. "An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs" (National Survey on Drug
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What is the Problem?How should the issue of teenage drug abuse be handled? Prescription drugs are very popular amongst teenagers. Some teenagers have been known to abuse prescriptions drugs and possibly become addicted to them at a very early age. Some teens have turned to drugs for various reasons which may include peer pressure, family relationships, or sometimes wanting to relieve themselves of stress. There is no real answer to explain exactly why teenagers decide to abuse prescription drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2003 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders found that 10.5 percent of 12th graders reported using Vicodin for non-medical
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Drug Abuse & Crime
When I was brainstorming about my term paper topic I came up with an interesting topic which is Drug Abuse & Crime. I thought it was imperative to learn about how drug abuse affects the crime rates in America. I will be discussing other subjects such as how many criminals are actually under the influence of a drug when committing a crime including illicit and licit drugs. Additionally, I will be discussing what drugs the criminals were under the influence of and the statistics surrounding drug abuse and crime and what programs are available to help with the problem. I think I have selected a broad and informational topic that we must be concerned about.
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Drug abuse in Canada is a major problem, especially among teenagers. Drugs have hurt the lives of nearly 40 percent of all teenagers in Canada. Either with health problems, DWIs, highway crashes, arrests, impaired school and job performance. These drugs that teenagers use range from Alcohol, LSD, Marijuana, and even Cigarettes. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2001, it was used by 76 percent of current illicit drug users. The extermination of these illegal drugs has always been one of the most crucial dilemmas among all the other worldwide issues. Most of the teenagers that are involved in drug abuse have either, broken families, parents that are drug abusers, a unstable
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Alcohol abuse is a serious problem, driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs is an even bigger problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Abusing either one of these substances can lead to the death of you or the death of someone else or even cause a major change in their life like Jacqueline’s story, her whole life has been changed because of another person’s ignorance and carelessness. Therefore, you should know the facts about drug and alcohol abuse before you do something you may regret for the rest of your life.
According TO NIDA FOR TEENS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND DRUG ABUSE, drugs are chemicals or substances that change the way our bodies work. Drugs find their way into your
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hurt or ill and that parents should be more concerned about their child taking street drugs than prescription drugs. In reality, they can have the same effects and fatal reactions.
Medication abuse is the number one preventable health problem in today’s youth. Teenagers will take prescription medication thinking that it is safer than taking street drugs, but in reality they can still have long term effects and can be deadly. “People think because drugs come from a doctor they’re safe, but taking them for recreational use to get high can be just as dangerous and addicting as taking street drugs.” (Drug Free Teens) There was a story of a woman who woke up in the hospital one day with her
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Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem no matter who you are, where you are, your age. When you think of drug abuse most people think of illegal or street drugs. But in a growing society where it seems doctors are competing for ones business prescription drugs have also become a growing concern.
In 2000 statistics show that 14 million Americans were currently using illicit drugs. (Adolescent substance abuse knowledge base, 2007) The study also showed of the 14 million users 6.3% were 12 years or older. (Adolescent substance abuse knowledge base, 2007) When I read this statistic I thought wow something needs to happen to stop this type of behavior. As I will describe there are long
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Commonly known Hallucinogen drugs are LSD, also known as acid or mellow yellow; PCP, also known as angel dust, tic tac, super grass, or rocket fuel; Psilocybin also known as “shrooms” or magic mushrooms; DMT; and Peyote. Hallucinogen drugs alter human perception and mood by changing the user’s sense of reality. Effects of hallucinogenic drug abuse are unpredictable and the intensity varies on the dose amount. Common effects of abuse include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, feelings of detachment from self and surroundings, nausea, vomiting, panic reactions, delusions, blurred vision, dizziness, and hallucinations (Drug-rehabilitation). “According to a study published in the
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homicide who has or had a drug abuse or alcohol dependency during pregnancy.So the big question is, "Do arresting pregnant women for using drugs promote the health of mothers or children?" Depending on whom you ask this question to. If you ask a laws maker this question he/she would state that this law was decided in the best interest of the unborn child and it helps deter drug use among pregnant women. But, if you ask the health care professionals they would state that this law forced pregnant drug users to flee from prenatal care because, of fear of prosecution and it doesn't help the unborn child or it's mother. Statistics state that once this law was enacted the prenatal care went down
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Drug addiction has become a very destructive element in our society. So when does the social use of a drug become an abuse? The effects of drugs depend on whether they are used moderately or abused. Almost no one ever starts using with the intentions of becoming 'hooked'. Addiction may be defined as the continuing, compulsive nature of a drug despite physical and/or psychological harm to the user and those around them. Addictive drugs are basically pain killers, they chemically kill physical or emotional pain and alter the minds perception of reality. The difference between an addict and a non-addict is that the addict has chosen drugs as a solution to their unwanted problem or discomfort
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I'am going to write my discursive essay on a very common topic arised in the media world, "Fame And Drug Abuse".I decided to choose this topic as not many people know why celebrities harm their bodies in such a way thatno one can explain. I'am going to tell you about some of the celebrities who are classic examples of "Major Drug Abusers".Celebrities are the people in our lives who we aspire to be one day, but not if they are snorting cocaine,smoking marijuana, injecting heroin and taking all sorts of illegal drugs to get a kick out of them.Amy Winehouse is a perfect example as she has a major drug addiction which no doubt will kill her.Amy Winehouse is a singer who had a great career when
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Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Alcohol and drug abuse is one of biggest problems in United States today. It is not only a personal problem that dramatically affects individuals' lives, but is a major social problem that affects society as whole. "Drug and alcohol abuse", these phrases we hear daily on the radio, television or in discussions of social problem. But what do they mean or what do we think and understand by it? Most of us don't really view drug or alcohol use as a problem, if that includes your grandmother taking two aspirins when she has a headache or your friends having few beers or drinks on Saturday night. What we really mean is that some drugs or alcohol are being used by
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Drugs and drug usage behavior have been proven to be linked to crime in several ways. It is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute any drugs classified illegal. The effects of drug related behavior effects society in many ways, daily. Many drug users come from all walks of life. But this paper focuses on issues dealt with drug users incarcerated, and what efforts are being done to help treat not only their criminal minds, but their use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Drug dependence and abuse among incarcerated populations is a severe reality that complicates the task of rehabilitating offenders. Estimates of serious drug involvement among offender's points to the urgent need
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Drug Abuse among College StudentsCollege students are more likely to have problems with alcohol abuse or with alcoholism rather than with drug abuse or dependence; however, drug abuse is also a problem for many students. Some students are illicit abusers of prescription drugs, while others use illegal drugs: marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Peer pressure and/or loneliness or other factors may lead college students to substance abuse, although some students had previously abused alcohol and/or drugs in high school.In general, college students have a lower risk of using illicit substances than their peers who do not attend college; for example, college students were much
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Drug abuse is generally defined as the use of a drug with such frequency that the user has physical or mental harm or it impairs social abilities. Drugs are used as pain killers to avert physical and/or emotional pain by providing the user with a temporary escape from life’s realities. Even though, they cause different, more serious problems with only a short escape from life’s agonies.
There are five different classifications (schedules) of drugs in the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) choose what substance falls into what classification. The placement of a drug on the Controlled Substances List
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Substance abuse complicates almost every aspect of care for the person with a mental disorder. When drugs enter the brain, they can interrupt the work and actually change how the brain performs its jobs; these changes are what lead to compulsive drug use. Drug abuse plays a major role when concerning mental health. It is very difficult for these individuals to engage in treatment. Diagnosis for a treatment is difficult because it takes time to disengage the interacting effects of substance abuse and the mental illness. It may also be difficult for substance abusers to be accommodated at home and it may not be tolerated in the community of residents of rehabilitation programs. The author
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This is a great essay explaining why teenagers get involved in drugs using some sociology terms -Drug Abuse Among American TeenagersDrug abuse in America is a major problem. Especially among teenagers. Drugs have hurt the lives of nearly 40 percent of all teenagers in America. Either with health problems, DWIs, highway crashes, arrests, impaired school and job performance. These drugs that teenagers use range from Alcohol, LSD, Marijuana, and even Cigarettes. Most of the teenagers that are involved in drug abuse have either, broken families, parents that are drug abusers, a unstable environment where they are constantly moving from place to place, or there parents aren't exactly making a
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your drug use. The American Psychiatric Association has developed strict criteria for the clinical diagnosis of abuse and dependence. They use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV) which identifies seven criteria (symptoms), at least three of which must be met during a given 12-month period, for the diagnosis of substance dependence:Tolerance, as defined either by the need for increasing amounts of the substance to obtain the desired effect or by experiencing less effect with extended use of the same amount of the substance.Withdrawal, as exhibited either by experiencing unpleasant mental, physiological, and emotional changes when drug-taking ceases or by using the substance as a
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Prescription Drug Abuse among Teenagers ( 12-17 Years)
Prescription Drugs are medications that are prescribed to patients by a doctor to help in many ways, such as relieve pain, treat symptoms of a disease, or to help fight an infection. They are very safe when used properly and under supervision of a physician, yet if used without approval of a doctor they can be very harmful and in some cases could lead to death. During your adolescence years, teens have curiosity which builds up and leads them to experimentation. They pop a pill, get high and then want more. Not only do they ease your state of mind, Increasing numbers of teens have easy access to painkillers through
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they are our future and we have to set them up for success.
Our society today, definitely has a drug culture feel to it because of the music industry, film industry, and the overall attitude of the world helps mold the teens of today into thinking that it is okay to abuse drugs. Today, a person can rarely find a song that does not have a reference to smoking marijuana, taking prescription pills, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Within films, they are producing films about having the wildest parties, drinking with all your friends, and taking drugs without thinking about the consequences. The youth of today refer to partying as getting “turnt up”, which means “thee act of getting
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to think that prescription pills are safer than street drugs because they are made for people to take. But in one occurrence, my mother lost her best friend and my good friend lost his mother to the addiction with prescription drugs, which caused a downward spiral in her life. One might ask, what is the state doing to stop this epidemic? One might also wonder what effects prescription drug abuse has on our city.
My personal story and experience with the prescription drug problem started when my mother and I moved from Spain to the United States; my mother met her soon-to-be best friend, Regina. When I was a child, my mother never told me about the serious problem that Regina had
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Nowadays, one can hardly open a newspaper without seeing on article on drug abuse among teenagers. Sadly as it is, this kind of social evil has driven more and more youngsters to nowhere but cruelty and crime. The first and foremost step towards any possible solution, I feel, is to point out the causes that lead to this problem. Some of them can be low-esteem, lack of parents' attention and influence from bad friends.To begin with, teens often begin using drugs because of low-esteem. This is party a psychological matter since teens are especially sensitive during adolescence. At this very period, there are too old to be children and too young to be adults. There are times when teens feel so
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Drug Abuse Among American Teenagers
Drug abuse in America is a major problem. Especially among teenagers. Drugs have hurt the lives of nearly 40 percent of all teenagers in America. Either with health problems, DWIs, highway crashes, arrests, impaired school and job performance. These drugs that teenagers use range from Alcohol, LSD, Marijuana, and even Cigarettes. Most of the teenagers that are involved in drug abuse have either, broken families, parents that are drug abusers, a unstable environment where they are constantly moving from place to place, or there parents aren't exactly making a lot of money and they are never around because they are trying to make enough money for them
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Drug abuse among professional basketball players is a problem as old as time. In some circumstances it may not be the athletes fault. For example when they are treating a minor cough or a cold, the medications used will sometimes contain small amounts of alcohol. On the other hand some athletes purposely abuse drugs for a variety of reasons. Some attempt to cover up the presence of other drug abuse but most abuse drugs because they will enhance their performance. The most common abused drugs in professional basketball are: anabolic steroids, marijuana, and amphetamines. Each drug has its own effect on performance, and disciplinary actions.
When an athlete
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their had, it is so much easier for potential abusers to get their hands on it. Easy access, coupled with its speed like high and concentration-boosting effects, Adderall and Ritalin are attractive to college students as a study aid and potential party drug.However, because they are prescribed and medically safer that other speed-like substances, many students think abusing them is no big deal. Just like any stimulant, it enhances wakefulness, performance, the ability to concentrate, focus, and endurance. So, on a college level they see it as not recreational abuse, but it really is. They may not have a prescription and using it as a party drug or are prescribed this medicine and using it as a
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, committees and sports federations are still debating.
For years cycling, a grueling, yet glamorous sport in Europe, has been fighting drug use and abuse. Despite a few exceptions, cycling had the reputation, in Europe and in France, of being a clean, pure sport, compared to others, until the 1998 scandal occurred. The question of drug use among athletes in what was previously considered by the unknowing public to be a rather pristine sport, cycling, is important in that it will affect all future Tours and will place them and the athletes under scrutiny.
A Clean Reputation: The History of Drugs in the “Tour de France”
In 1967, Tommy Simpson, a British cyclist, died during the Tour de
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Drug Abuse Intervention Case Analysis
Coley is a timber cutter that is addicted to crystal meth. He has three young children, two girls and a boy and a wife that he affects everyday with his crystal meth abuse. Throughout the episode Coley locks himself in the garage, so he can snort powder form of crystal meth without his children being directly in front of it. Coley thinks that if he locks himself in the garage his children do not see his behaviors. Coley's addiction stemmed from his childhood where his mother was a speed addict and alcoholic and allowed Coley to do drugs and drink with her throughout his young teens and late adult hood. After Coley married his wife and his wife
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“The only way to have a drug free school is to follow the successful program
of the military and workplace”. This is stated by Rep. John E. Peterson in 2005.
In today’s volatile times, drug use is becoming more casual in high schools
around the country. Many schools are having to face this struggle against drug
use. Thus, I affirm that Resolved: Drug testing of high school extracurricular
activity participants is justified.To aid clarification in this round, I now present the
following definitions asdefined by the Webster Dictionary in 2005:Extracurricular
activity: not following or related to the curriculum, outside of one’s duties.
Drug: a non-prescribed, illegal chemical
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There are many major social issues in the world today. These social issues vary from teen depression and suicide to world-wide poverty. A significant social issue seen today is teenager drug abuse. Drug abuse has become a very big problem in most, if not all, societies. Every day in the United States, an average of two thousand teenagers able prescription drugs by using them without a doctor’s guidance. Prescription drugs aren’t the only concern, marijuana use by teenagers, specifically twelve graders, has also increased. Every day, 6.5 percent of twelve graders used marijuana up from 5.1 percent in 2007. Sociologists apply particular sociological perspectives to social issues. To
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Name: Stephanie RhymesCourse: UNV-1048Date: 05-17-2014Instructor: DiCarloDrugs and Negative EffectsIt is all fun in the beginning. The excitement, the anticipation, the "high". The feeling a person gets when the drugs they have taken kick in. It is usually explained as euphoric. However, all good things come to an end. Drug abuse has many negative effects including injury, health issues, and death.Poor coordination, reaction time, judgment, and impaired motor skills, due to drug use, cause many injuries. There are over 527,000 emergency room visits per year due to drug related issues (Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Free World, 2014). In 75% of domestic violence cases, the victim
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The "Just don't do it" slogan from Bob Dole's anti-drug campaign may, upon a cursory evaluation, appear to be an inefficient way of confronting the growing problem of national drug abuse. After all, it is hardly reasonable to believe that a potential drug user will specifically consider these words before deciding whether or not to get high.However, this slogan, and the man that stands behind it, represent a sorely needed, value-oriented stance on the issue that has been lacking in the Clinton administration. The president's cavalier attitude has been responsible for a dramatic increase in drug abuse among teenagers.While Clinton's baby boomer generation has dismissed aggressive anti-drug
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Drug Abuse in the United States of America
In the United States of America, we, the people value several things, some of which
are freedom, expanding and taking care of our families and our financial security.
We, the people, take such things for granted. We also discourage some behavior, such as
crime, laziness and use of illegal drugs. Drug abuse is one of the most discouraged
behaviors in our country. Use of illegal drugs is harmful to the userand all those with
whom the user comes in contact. There are over 40 million illegal drug users in the world today and America is the biggest market for drugs1 . There are more drug dealers in this country, than there are dentists
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Drug addiction is a disease of the brain. The initial decision to use drugs is voluntary, however once that decision is made, the decision to become an addict in involuntary. “Addiction affects the brain circuits involved in reward, motivation, memory and inhibitory control. When these circuits are disrupted, so is a person’s capacity to freely choose not to use drugs.” (Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care) Drug addiction and/or abuse is a huge problem in our country today. In order to effectively combat this issue it is important to understand drug addiction; what it is, how it effects people and what our federal government says about it.
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Drug abuse within teens is an increasing problem within the community of Hazleton. Many great attempts have been made to stop this problem before it’s an epidemic, but they have either succeeded for a short time or failed. Through extensive research on the subject two solutions have been devised that have not been tried yet. These solutions have been made to succeed where the others have failed and are simple enough to take immediate action.
By breaking down and seeing the faults the other attempts have had. These methods are going to surpass them because they incorporate the best aspects of the previous trials. Money will be needed, but in the long run these means will be
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A teenager is likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, especially during high school. Some teenagers try it and do not like it, others love it. This love for drugs and alcohol becomes a regular activity, and then a teen may become dependent on the drug or drink, and can progress to addiction. These stages of substance abuse affect one's relationships, health and ambitions.
Families and friends are devastated when their loved ones resort to drugs and alcohol. Relationships are ruined when someone is addicted to escaping reality by distorting their mind because an addict will steal and lie to get their next high. Parents want to help, but it reaches a point where they cannot tolerate
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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among College Students
Alcohol and drug abuse has been an active habit among college students sense the 1960s. The immediate cause of this behavior was the youth’s need to rebel against the overly conservative American society. This rebellion led to a since of freedom for the young adults, which caused them to continue acting in these unintelligent manners. After a short period of time, late teens just did not belong if they were not participating in the mischievous acts. Substance abuse quickly became a way of life for many young adults. As a result, this inapt behavior still continues today.
To first-time college students, acting in a way that parents
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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program known as D.A.R.E has become a very widespread and popular program throughout the United States. The program appeals to all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic lines, which is a large part of the reason why the DARE program has grown exponentially. The program’s basic premise was meant to introduce kids to the danger of drugs, before the drugs got to them. The implementation of the DARE program appeared to be what America needed to begin to put a dent in the war on drugs.
Trained uniformed officers who introduce the program to 5th and 6th graders teach the program. The officers inform them about the dangers of all drugs from Tylenol to heroine
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Although possessing a medicinal value and therapeutic uses for body ailments such as multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and anxiety, exaggerated marijuana abuse is harmful to the body and legalizing the drug would pose negative effects upon public health and well-being.The main argument of pro-legislators of Marijuana is that of its therapeutic uses. The drug is said to be a source of relief to sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, and patients argue that smoking a joint before going to bed eases joint pain and allows them to sleep. Victims of the disease also undergo spasms as a result of nerve damage, and it has been noted that Marijuana helps to control the occurrence of these seizures . Also
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. The physical and emotional exhaustion that the nurses are put through on a daily basis can be traumatizing to them. Just like veterans that experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nurses can develop PTSD as well. In many instances, this creates an incentive for nurses to find a way to rid of memories or stresses. This is where illicit drug usage comes in to the picture. A survey done by Dunn (as cited in Talbert, 2009, p.17) showed that around 10 to 20 percent of nurses use and/or abuse drugs. That statistic is shocking considering the National Council of State Boards of Nursing discovered that "nurses generally misuse drugs and alcohol at nearly the same rate as the rest of the
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Many of Americans have been diagnosed with chronic pain. In fact according to the Institute of Medicine 116 million United States adults live with chronic pain. The majority of these adults do not seem to receive the adequate treatment needed to help them to cope or to treat their pain. This is primarily due to the physicians not being able to efficiently diagnose their patients, and or the physicians lack the knowledge of the best ways to help manage the pain their patients are experiencing. This is why most people believe that Physicians are the main cause for the rise of prescription drug abuse (Garcia, 2013).
Between the years of 1999 and 2010 the amount of prescription painkillers