Trisha Roopchand -- 300602934
Khushnuma Patel -- 300683692
Bernadett Porkolab -- 300662466
Clifford Borland – 300561807
GNED 500 – 074
MARCH 27, 2013
Definition of drug abuse:
the use of a drug for a nontherapeutic effect. Some of the most commonly abused drugs are alcohol; nicotine; amphetamines; cocaine; opium alkaloids; synthetic opioids; benzodiazepines, ketamine; and anabolic steroids. Drug abuse may lead to organ damage, addiction, and disturbed patterns of behaviour. Some illicit drugs, such as heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide, and phencyclidine hydrochloride, have no recognized therapeutic effect in humans. Use of these drugs often incurs criminal penalty in addition to the potential for physical, social, and psychologic harm” (The Free Dictionary, 2013). According to the Youth Risk Behaviour Surveillance System, “over 80 percent of high school students have used alcohol; over 40 percent have used marijuana; 16 percent have used cocaine, crack, or freebase; and over 20 percent have sniffed or inhaled intoxication substances” (Encyclopedia of Special Education, 2007). Before this assignment, we knew that drug abuse was a problem but we never took the time to realize who is affected. After the assignment, we noticed that everyone in a society is affected, whether directly or indirectly. Even if you don’t know anyone personally that is affected by drug abuse, it is often a problem carried on for generations. We chose to do the basic critical thinking/questioning approach for our social analysis approach. We chose to use this approach because of the questions and answers. It was also a way for all of us to see the problems of drug abuse and how everyone is affected.
What is the social problem?
The social problem is drug abuse and addiction in a society and its harmful consequences to the people involved. Who defines it?
Drug abuse is a social problem defined by anyone in a society. Drugs affect addicts, families and communities. “The abuse of legal substances, like alcohol and tobacco, and the use of illegal substances, such as marijuana or cocaine, can be costly for society. Some illegal drug abusers commit crimes in order to support their drug habit leading to an increase in the rate of violent and nonviolent crime in drug ridden communities. Drug abuse can affect a variety of social institutions by contributing to work place absenteeism, work-related accidents, and poor work performance. Last, excessive use of drugs can cause illness and death costing society billions of dollars in health care and lowered productivity” (World of Sociology, 2001). Why is it considered a social problem?
Drug abuse is considered a social problem because it affects people of all age groups, genders and backgrounds. Consumption of illegal drugs can affect the life of a person socially. In many countries, cigarette smoking has been stated to be a main cause for premature deaths. Mothers with a drug dependency pass on the issues to their children. This is also a problem because two generations are affected and this also affects health care. When a child is affected, this creates a hostile environment for children, creating another circle of affects in a society. Broken laws are also a result of drug abuse because people commit crimes to get money to fulfill their need for drugs. Who benefits?
The only people who benefit in drug abuse are drug dealers and traffickers. When people get addicted to drugs, they create a business for the drug dealers. Who loses?
Everyone else in a society besides drug dealers and traffickers loses. This includes young children, teenagers, adults and elderly people. When a mother or father abuses drugs, this creates a problem for children and teenagers. When children or teenagers are affected, this creates a problem for the education system because they’re less likely to graduate from school and fail to make a career. “Every year an...
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