Essay about DRUG ABUSE

English_Master May 12, 2016 No Comments

DRUG ABUSE

We, the people value several things, some of which are freedom, expanding and taking care of our families and our financial security.

We, the people, take such things for granted. We also discourage some behavior, such as crime, laziness and use of illegal drugs. Drug abuse is one of the most discouraged behaviors in our country. Use of illegal drugs is harmful to the user and all those with whom the user comes in contact. There are over 40 million illegal drug users in the world to­day, and America is the biggest market for drugs. There are more drug dealers in this country, than there are dentists. Ille­gal drug abuse must be stopped; it hurts our society, hurts us and, most of all, and hurts the user. Drug users are parasites, feed­ing off society’s money, taxes and insurance. Every type of insurance goes up because of drug abuse, including auto, health and homeowners. Worst of all, the crime rate will sky rocket if we let this behavior continue. Illegal drugs and their abusers are a plague to society for many different reasons..

Drugs have very harmful effects on the user and the peo­ple with whom the user interacts. The user is affected in many ways. The most popular drug, alcohol, is generally thought of as socially acceptable and relatively harmless. But it can have devastating effects. Alcohol might seem very harmless but it can harm the user very easily. Alcohol is easy to obtain and consume. It is taken as a beverage and, since it is legal, it can be purchased at the comer store. The immediate effects on the user are relaxation and a slight anesthetic effect. Alcohol is a very addictive drug. There are more than 18 million alco­holics in India, an indication of how widespread its harmful effects are. Alcoholics normally drink a lot on mornings and weeknights, at times which separate them for normal “so­cial” drinkers. Often, the alcohol will bring out a violent tem­per and often, alcoholics abuse, physically and mentally, their friends and family. Drinking makes the drinker feel he is more confident. The drinker thinks he is in control, even if a little high, and he might get behind the wheel of his car and go for a drive. Drunk driving is deadly. Hundreds of thousands of people get killed every year due to drunk driving. Other physi­cal effects of drinking are vomiting, passing out and some­times, if enough alcohol is consumed over a long enough pe­riod of time, or if mixed with other drugs, death.

Marijuana is a popular, and illegal, drug. Its largest con­sumers are young adults. Marijuana is smoked in a pipe or rolled in a cigarette. Thirty-seven percent of people between ages 12-17 have tried marijuana. Marijuana gives a slight buzzing feeling of light-headedness. Experimentation with marijuana is dangerous because studies show that 60% of peo­ple who smoke marijuana on a regular basis move on to try harder drugs soon after. Marijuana tends to diminish the am­bition and motivation in the user. In the long run, it may cause lung cancer and other respiratory problems.

Cocaine is another popular, illegal, street drug. Cocaine is snorted or smoked as “crack”(a cheaper and, as a result of being so affordable, more addictive way). Cocaine gives the user a sense of well-being and extra energy. Cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs. In 1995, over 500,000 emergency room accidents were cocaine- related. Cocaine is one of the worst drugs because it causes respiratory illness and kills mucus membranes.

Heroin is the most addictive dangerous illegal drug on the streets. You’ll become a so- called “junkie” if you use it. It affects the hygiene and personal appearance of the user a great deal, because nothing is as important to the user anymore as where that next hit will come from. Heroin is injected and sometimes snorted. It causes great euphoria, but also nausea and vomiting. Like any street drug, its user does not know what potency he is getting from batch to batch. Therefore, there is always the risk that he will overdose and die. With­drawal from heroin can cause severe illness and death.

Drug abuse leads to all sorts of other crimes. Drug ad­dicts need money to support their habits, and all users, ad­dicts or casual users, are careless and reckless when under the influence. Drug users commit property crimes, such as robbing a house or a store.

Drug users also commit personal crimes, like mugging, armed robbery and even murder. Drug use, itself, can be a crime. It makes innocent citizens scared to walk out of their own homes, in their own neighborhoods.

Drug abuse is a plague to society. Drug abuse drains so­ciety’s resources by requiring that taxes be spent on funding enforcement agencies, educational programs and treatment facilities and on prosecution of drug users and dealers. Drugs hurt future generations of citizens, because drug abuse, par­ticularly of marijuana, is predominantly a problem among teens and teens are our future. Drug abuse must be stopped. We should attack the supply and demand. We should keep drugs from entering the country and incarcerate dealers and smugglers.

To attack the demand, we should educate young people on the risk of bodily harm, mental harm and the damage to family and relationships. Legalization of some less harmful drugs, such as marijuana, might help reduce the crimes asso­ciated with them, but it would be hard to regulate and legali­zation would only eliminate some of the direct criminal re­sults, not the actual harm of the drug.

Drug abuse is a plague to society and must be stopped. It is hurting our country by causing increased crime and soaring insurance rates, stealing tax dollars, hurting families, and hurting children. If fighting drug abuse were made a top pri­ority, we could probably wage an effective war, through edu­cation and enforcement of laws, to stop drug abuse.