The United States suffers massive losses from the use and consumption of illegal drugs. These illegal drugs include hard narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The use, as well as, consumption of these illegal drugs in the streets of United States causes a lot of havoc escalating into billions of dollars. These calamities arising from excessive consumption and use of illegal drugs in the country leads to unnecessary deaths, brain drain, as well as, intellectual damage resulting from abusing these drugs for a long time, and heightened insecurity within areas where use, consumption, and sale of these drugs takes place. The effects of these drugs on both the society, as well as, the economy of the United States is very is very damaging. For instance, statistics provide nearly ten people die on a weekly basis in the United States because of drugs or because of drug related activities (Manski, Pepper & Petrie, 2001).
The Washington Post covered an article on the use of these drugs on the streets of the United States. This special report covered the new face of the drug problem within Washington area. This new face represents a young, fearless and angry face. Incidentally, most of the users of these drugs, as well as, those experiencing drug problems, nowadays are the young folks within the community. These youngsters begin abusing drugs from as early as their fourth grade. The Washington Post covered this issue to explore the changing patterns of drug addiction in the United States, and especially in Washington DC, as well as the changing treatment procedures in the region. These defiant youngsters begin abusing drugs at a very early age because of their poor upbringing, which leads to ineptitudes, as well as, deviancy among all the children.
However, the article outlines that the administration of the city came up with new measures to combat the scourge, which include holding discussions about the local drug problems on an online platform. This platform enables a drug addict or illegal drugs users to seek help from a family therapist or a substance abuse counselor, which is a great improvement from the former means of treating drug addictions that required a face-to-face encounter between a drug addict and a family therapist. On the other hand, the Newsweek blog also posted n article dealing with emerging drug issues in the United States. This magazine covers the issue about the never-ending war on drugs, particularly the shifts taken on drug wars by the United States owing to the change of moves by narcotraffickers into new frontiers (Manski, Pepper & Petrie, 2001).
This article focuses on Columbia, a country that nearly crashed to become a failed state owing to the heightened narcotrafficking activities undertaken within its borders. In addition, the long running insurgency by guerrilla groups also worked against the political stability of the country. The article reports on the numerous efforts put in by concerned stakeholders to bring the country back to its feet, such as the support from the United States through its monetary donations and grants, as well as, military support. This is evident through the reduction in coca production within the country by forty percent in the year 2000 going forwards. Newsweek reports that the support rendered to the country from external alliances such as the United States and Canada helped immensely to shape the radical state of Columbia from a drug-torn/war torn country, to a peaceful nation able to take on developmental procedures.
The current situation of drugs in the United States is very worrying because there are too many illegal drugs circulating within the society. These include all the illegal narcotrafficking deals as well as the legal or licensed drugs for consumption such as alcohols. Many people in the United States, both young and old take part in abuse of these drugs. For instance, there are no special occasions in the United States, such as weddings, celebrations, get-togethers, and home parties that go down without the use of alcohols or alcohol related drinks such as wines and spirits. In addition, these parties also introduce the young ones into the world of drug use and drug abuse, since at an early age they come across these drugs, either at their homes, or at the parties and gatherings that they attend with their parents (Manski, Pepper & Petrie, 2001).
The assumption about these drugs is that their usage is not devastating. Most occasional drug users usually claim that the drugs they use do not have any strong effect on them, or in their brain. As such, they continue to use these drugs incessantly because they feel in control of their actions. However, this is completely wrong because all drugs affect the body of a human being in one way or another, and in most circumstances, negatively. These negative effects take an all round shape with effects on health, career, interpersonal relations, as well as, economic stability experienced. Another r assumption is that these drugs do not have any economic effects on the life of the individuals. This is very wrong because drugs lead to the highest consumption of an individual’s income, especially that of an addict, because he or she will prioritize their drugs to other important necessities in life such as food, clothing, shelter, or education and career development.
The most plausible argument about the illegal drug usage in the United States is the fact that teens consume more drugs than adults do. The rate of alcohol consumption among the teenagers is much more compared to that of adults. For instance, a teenager can drink up to four bottles of booze, and can do this daily if he or she is an addict. In addition, these youths prefer to remain tipsy or drunkard throughout the day, as well as, night because most of them lose sense of direction and motive in life once addicted to drugs. However, adults sometimes have prior knowledge as well as control of their sense whenever taking drugs. Young boys and girls on the contrary can even steal from their parents in order to get some money to spend on the drugs that they are hooked to, such as alcohols, and crack addicts. Nonetheless, it is much easier to rehabilitate a young drunkard than it is for a mature addict (Manski, Pepper & Petrie, 2001).
The use of illegal drugs in the United States affects a wide range of concerned stakeholders, either directly or indirectly. These persons suffer the effect of drug usage in the country. Generally, nearly all Americans suffer from the iillegal usage of hard drugs within the country. The United States is the biggest destination of hard drugs in the world, especially from neighboring countries such as Mexico and Columbia who take the United States as their playing zone. In addition, the United States is also the largest market for alcohol and alcohol related products in the world. As such, it consumes a higher percentage of all the liquor produced in the world. This means that a high majority or percentage of the United States population suffers directly or indirectly from drug use. As such, the government suffers, the immigrants, the low-income earners, the rich aristocrats, young and restless teenagers, as well as, their parents.
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All these concerned stakeholders on the illegal usage of drugs in the country come up with their own suggestions, opinions, as well as, decisions on the way forward towards the eradication of the usage and the effects of these drugs within the American society. The process of coming up with these policies takes a systematic step. It begins with a public outcry whereby they demand the government to take action in order to control a given issue, such as illegal consumption of drugs. The government debates and forms policies, the police implement them, the citizens adhere to the new laws, and the offenders face the full wrath of the law. This eventually leads to the reduction of the usage of drugs in the society, hence continued success, as well as, both social and economic development in the United States. This is evident through the flattening of the graph once they get to the incorporate all the views of the concerned stakeholders within the industry, society and government (Manski, Pepper & Petrie, 2001).
Drugs on Our Streets: A Special Report. Washington Post, Retrieved from HYPERLINK “http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/drugs/article.htm” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/drugs/article.htm
Manski, C., Pepper, J. & Petrie, C. (2001). Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What we do not know keeps hurting us. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
The Never-Ending War on Drugs: U.S. Shifting Its Goals as Narcotraffickers Move on to New Frontiers. Newsweek, Oct 29, 2010 12:30 PM EDT. Retrieved from HYPERLINK “http://mag.newsweek.com/2010/10/29/the-never-ending-war-on-drugs.html” http://mag.newsweek.com/2010/10/29/the-never-ending-war-on-drugs.html