Drug Abuse

 

 

 

Thomas Liquori

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††E102 Prof. Streeter

June 3, 2007

††††††††††† Drugabuseinoursocietytodayisshunneddownupon,anditísresultsleadtodiscouragedbehaviorsuchas,crime,laziness,andaunhygienicappearance.Thismajorproblemintodayíssocietyisfartocomplexforonesolution,butwecanstartbyteachingtheyouthoftodayísworldtheconsequencesandimpactdrugscanhaveonthehumanbody.Toreducefuturedrugabuseusersbypresentyouth,educationawarenessshouldstartbeforestudentsreachtheJuniorHighSchool.level.

 

††††††††††† Firstandforemost,theyouthoftodayneedtobeeducatedonillegalsubstancessuchas,cocaine,marijuana,heroin,LCD,methamphetamines,andofcoursethelegalonesalso,suchasalcohol.Theseharmlesslookingdevilsícantakeonesílife,andneedtobetaughttoyoungpeopleaboutthedangerthatsurroundsthem.Ifyoungpeoplehavegrownupseeingolderpeoplesuchastheirparents,oroneísclosesttothemusingdrugs,theymaythinkthatitisoktousedrugs,andthatdrugsmayopposenorisksatallsincetheyseethepeoplethattheylookuptousingdrugs.

 

††††††††††† Next,drugabuseprogramssuchas,drugabuserehabilitationcenters,whichareshorttermtreatmentprogramswithaninpatientstayofaboutthirtydays,ismostlyknownforadetoxification,whichinmyopinionissimplynotenoughcleantimetogobackoutintosocietywiththehopesofstayingclean.ThentherearetherapeuticcommunitiesbetterknownasTCís, whicharelongtermrehabilitationprogramswithaninpatientstayofaboutsixmonthstotwoyearshavebeenshowntoreducedrugabuse,teachthepropertoolsofsobriety,howtousethetoolsofsobriety,buildafoundation,andhelpdrugaddictsstaycleanonedayatatime.Manyprogramsaroundtheworldteachdrugabusershowtostayclean,butitisuptothedrugusertowanttostayclean.Whenadrugabuserhashitď rockbottomĒ,andissickandtiredofbeingsickandtired,hisorherchancesofstayingsoberaregreaterthensomeonewhoisinaprogramagainsthisorherfreewill.

 

††††††††††† Finally,drugabuseisaplaguetosociety.Drugabusedrainísoursocietiesresourcesbyrequiringthatourhardearnedtaxísbespentonfundingenforcementagencies,educationalprograms,treatmentfacilities,andprosecutionsondrugusers,anddrugdealers.Drugabuseishurtingourfuturesocietybeforetheyareevenborn.Forexample,asixhouroldcrackbabywillcryitísheartoutbecauseitisgoingthroughwithdrawalsinceitdoesnothavethefeedanymorefromitísmother.Overthecourseofthenextonetotwoyears,thebabydoesnotlearntowalkortalkontime.Therearedisabilities,mentalandphysical;thereareawholegenerationofpeopleouttherebeingdestroyedbeforetheyareevenborn.

 

††††††††††† Drugabusemustbestopped.Ithurtsourcountrybycausingincreasedcrimerates,soaringinsurancerates,hurtingfamilies,hurtingchildren,andmostofall hurtingthedruguserwhichwithalittlehelpcanbecomeaproductivememberofsociety.Ifthegovernmentmadefightingdrugabuseatoppriority,wecouldprobablyfightanwinnablewarthrougheducationandenforcementtostopdrugabuse.Althoughitisonlyonesolutionamongmany,thisonesolutioncanbeapredominatingpowerintheworldofdrugabuse,andbyeducatingouryouthcorrectly,wecanavoidafuturedisasterinsocietythatisinevitableamongadrugabusersílife.