Society and Drug Use

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Our Society and Drug Use With drug use becoming more and more common in our society, people are starting to look deeper into the reasons why people use drugs. Drugs are everywhere, in every community. According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World; an estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. What about the legal ones? Prescription drugs are being abused today more than ever before. Drugs do not discriminate against age, race, financial status, location, and etcetera. There are no simple answers. There are many reasons why drugs are so common in our society today. First of all, peer pressure is a huge factor in temptations to experiment with drugs. No one wants to be the only one not participating, or to be left out. Peer pressure happens in every high school and middle school in the country, and is pretty much a part of growing up. Young people are being exposed to drugs earlier than ever before. This often makes it very difficult to go against the group and stand up for your own beliefs. People tell others “everyone is doing it” or “how much fun they had getting high” or “how great the drugs made them feel”, pretty much anything to entice them into trying drugs. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable because they think drug use can be easily controlled. It is just an experiment, right? They do not look past the party to see how things could turn out. Before they know it, they are addicted, and moving on to more powerful drugs to get a more intense high. No, I am not saying that everyone who tries or experiments with drugs will become an addict, but this is how all addicts start out. Also, people with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses use drugs to self-medicate symptoms, and ease their suffering. Mental illness is a huge burden, and people will try anything to relieve the…...

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