The Problem Of Drug Use

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Drug use in America has been on the rise, drugs have been available for many years. The use of drugs in communities not only affect the drug user but it also affects families across the United States. Drug use has a way of making one dependent on a substance which can lead to many issues such as theft, theft usually plays an important role in funding a drug users habit when they are not able to hold a job or run out of money to sustain their unhealthy habit. Families are hurt by the user’s ability to be careless about their own situation and the situation of others that surround them, like children, parents or friends. Kids often act out in ways that are unhealthy for their future when growing up in such environments that lack the support…show more content…
2006). “In the past year, 23% of youth meet diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder by age 20” (Johnston LD, O 'Malley PM, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE. 2006). This is huge when considering that substance abuse can start at a young age and continue throughout life possibly leading to further issues more crime related. As Chief of Police addressing the use and rehabilitation of drug users who live a life of crime is difficult. Under the current policies, we are giving individuals longer sentences for drug related crime and not addressing the issue of addiction. So, after users commit a crime they are sentenced to jail or prison and once released they go back to the same patterns and environments that fed their addiction so once again they continue to use and these individuals become our habitual offenders. This current system is setting individuals up for failure and not assisting with giving them the tools and knowledge to make changes in their behavior. Langan, (1994) explained that “a review of recidivism in 15 states found that one-quarter of individuals released return to prison within 3 years for technical violations that include, among other things, testing positive for drug use” (Langan. PA. Levin DJ., 1994). This goes to show that drugs and drug use needs to be addressed with strict guidance within facilities that are equipped to
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