Drug Abuse And Its Effects On The United States Essay

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Drug abuse is worldwide problem and one that has plagued the United States for decades. Drug abuse negatively impacts not only the individual user, but also our society as a whole. The fight to prevent the manufacturing and trafficking of illegal drugs into the country has made very little impact on its accessibility to those that wish to partake. According to the National Drug Control Budget Report for 2015, the President of the United States request $25.4 Billion in Fiscal Year 2015 in order to reduce drug use and its consequences in the U.S. (National Drug Control Budget, 2014). In addition to enormous amount of money the federal government has pledged to fight this social problem, there are numerous organizations and institutions committed to keeping people off drugs and rehabilitating those fortunate enough to have survived their use. Two organizations working to do solve the problem of drug abuse and the associated destructive behaviors are the Drug Abuse Resistance Education also known as D.A.R.E. program and Narcotics Anonymous. The D.A.R.E. program is a prevention-oriented program aimed specifically at school-aged children. The program focuses on teaching effective peer resistance and refusal skills in order to try and prevent the use of drugs before they start. The program was created and launched in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School district as a result of unparalleled drug abuse among the L.A. youth in the
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