Drug Abuse And Its Effects On Society

2072 WordsMar 28, 20179 Pages
Drug Abuse is quickly becoming a popular trend in today’s society. This trend encompasses all ages of people, as younger individuals are becoming more rapidly attracted to drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is estimated that 24.6 million adults aging twelve and older suffer from addiction, which amounts to approximately 9.4% of the United States’ population. This abuse is not limited to a single class of individuals. Houchins adds that “Drug abuse affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses.” Some of the drugs included in these statistics are marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and bath salts to just name a few. In today’s society, drug abuse is a problem because it…show more content…
How would you feel if you or a loved one was a victim of a drug related crime? What if this crime resulted in your death or the death of a loved one? According to Sergeant, Watson, with a local Fire Department, which is located in the middle of drug territory to which they have a very high drug abuse rate: On the firetruck we run all overdose calls. We’ve seen a substantial increase in the trafficking of meth in the recent months. We have also noticed that there is a spike in Heroin and pill use more often during exams in local schools. We’ve ran calls where a 16-year-old was having a stroke during a math class as a result of an overdose, and on another call, we found a female student unresponsive and barely breathing from opiate based drug use. We have also begun to notice a trend with middle schoolers beginning to experiment with weed due to their parents having it in their homes. It appears that drug use is everywhere no matter where you turn. Drugs have even began to enter the schools. Drugs entering schools are putting kids at a higher risk of being exposed to the drug as well as giving them the option of getting addicted to them. Children are notorious for picking up habits from those around them. Therefore, if they are around individuals, specifically parents, that are doing drugs, they are more than likely going to pick up the habit for themselves, such as what Sergeant Watson noted about the middle
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