The Effects Of Drug Abuse On The United States

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In an attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of the drug abuse problems in the United States, it should be brought to light that the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use Health estimated that “27 million people aged 12 or older have used an illicit drug in the past 30 days” (Hedden, Kennet, Lipari, Medley, & Tice, 2015). As gun violence has become a popular topic in America over the past few years due to its’ related deaths, many Americans’ fail to realize that more people are dying from drug overdose than by weapon. In today’s society, controversy regarding drug abuse has taken a forefront due to various media outlets in our technologically possessed world. In order to grasp the underlying issue of drug abuse in the United States, it is imperative to observe the media’s effects on adolescents in a technologically and socially consumed digital age, how family and peers correlate with drug abuse, and whether or not drug abuse effects criminal activity. As moving picture evolved into electronic television, television gained access to cable, black and white turned to color, other inventive media forms such as the radio, and of course, the internet have become more advanced, these developments have permitted drug and alcohol influences to enter the American home like never before. Technological and social changes have dramatically magnified the influence pop culture has on society, especially among adolescents. Musicians, actors, and celebrities in the public eye have a substantial
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