Did you know that on average males between the age of 12 and 19 are most likely to become addicted to drugs? For the most part drug users come from a background where one or even both parents are users. The statistics of drug use and addiction are sad, but just ever growing. This is a topic that will continue to be a growing problem. We need to remember though, we can do something about it, and we can help prevent it. Are you willing to take a stand?
Drug use is an issue that we will continue to face in society! An issue that will always be a topic that causes debate.
There are many ways to look at drug use, and it can be broken down into other categories as well. Is there a difference between drug use and drug abuse? What characteristics would you notice in a user compared to an abuser? When was drug use first recognized in the United States and who is most at risk? Over the next few minutes I would like to answer these questions and make some points to support my reasons. I hope that throughout this paper I can give you even a small look into the ever growing world of drug use in the United States!
In the 19th century the United States first began to recognize and take measures against drug use and drug abuse. Slowly medications began to come with rules. A label with the patients name on it for medication narcotics became a requirement and soon to follow they could only be legally obtained with a prescription from a doctor.
In 2010 there were almost 23 million active drug abusers over the age of twelve in the United States. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug and the one that most drug abusers claim as their drug of choice. From 2002 untill 2010 the percentage of drug abusers from the age of 50-59 doubled. Today over six million children living in the United States have at least one parent who is an active drug abuser. Painkillers, cocaine and hallucinogens ever so closely follow the use of marijuana as the most commonly used....