Statistics show that the amount of deaths from Heroin overdose is continually growing. This shows that the policies that the government has previously put in place and continues to put in place are not working. I have a close friend who 's mother grew up in Philadelphia, by the age of 18 she was already addicted to Heroin. Her mother had died of a Heroin overdose when she was 2 years old. From that point on she was raised in a drug free household.
The United States has been dealing with what people call “The war on drugs” for over three decades. Over the years, drug experimentation has become very popular amongst young, middle class Americans. At first, Marijuana was a very common drug to use but as time went on hardcore drug experimentation became the new “thing”. Although the government did crackdown on major drug dealers, they paid little to no attention to the issue. It wasn 't until Nixon called on The War On Drugs.
Over the past few years, the addiction of heroin has increased due to varieties of reason in different communities across the United States. The majority of media attention is focused on suburban, white, middle-class heroin abusers, meaning that the majority of America’s effort and resources to end the Heroin Epidemic is mainly for the White Community. Resulting in a dramatic increase of deaths caused from Heroin overdose in the minority communities in the past seven years. In the article, “How the Heroin Epidemic Differs in Communities of Color” by Sarah Childress, mentions how certain minority communities lack medical access for Heroin overdose (e.g. Naloxone) and knowledge of laws to protect the drug users from incarceration, Maryland’s
Heroine is appealing to the rural youth of America. Many say this is due to boredom, lack of education and recent accessibility of the drug. Vermont is just a short distance to two major cities; Boston and New York which gives a direct line to any markets we may think don’t exist in a place like rural Vermont. When in fact, there has been a shocking increase in the use of heroin and other hard drugs used by kids in rural places (Heroin Moves to the Country). A video from CBS News explained not only has there been more than double increase in users but there has been an extreme increase in female users and white users as well.
During this time period, many soldiers began looking for methods to help them forget the horrors and tragedies they saw in battle. In Vietnam drugs were at a surplus and easy to get your hands on. Many of the young soldiers were approached by someone with drugs, within their first five days of their tour. Marijuana was the most commonly used drug. It gave “soldiers an escape and hedonistic indulgence” (Stanton).
Throughout the last few years a very dangerous drug has burst into mainstream attention, heroin. All throughout the country, there are numerous people suffering from addiction to the drug, and even dying. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is relatively cheap and in many places, easy to find. In many big cities, it seems that almost everyone knows someone who has been on heroin, or a mutual acquaintance of a user. Numerous organizations have their opinions on how to stop the epidemic from spreading before it reaches an even vaster number of people.
The last time I went to an AA meeting was about 6 or 7 years ago. At that time, my brother was having issues with both alcohol and drug use, and asked me if I would join him. I was felt very happy because after years of me trying to reach out to him, he finally reached out to me. I still remember when he received his golden chip for 10 months of sobriety. I must have attended about a dozen AA meetings with my brother.
During his study, he met a young girl, Charlotte Figi, who had been having seizures since birth and by age three she was having approximately 300 seizures a week. Charlotte had been on several medications and none of them helped. In fact, some of the medications were life threatening and did nothing but was eventually given medical marijuana that has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures. If this plant can be used for medicinal purposes then what harm is it doing to the world if a girl as young as three years old can use it to aid her illness? Currently, 35 states and Washington D.C. have laws that allow, or will allow in the future, access to medical marijuana to qualified patients (Scherf, 2015).
The first con is that an offender has less supervision compared to a person placed in a prison or jail. There are no guards walking through every hour or room searches but there are random house visits once or twice a month. Even with house visits it's very easy for an offender to commit crimes while still on house arrest. An offender could sell drugs, run a gang, or abuse there children or spouse while on house arrest. Another con of house arrest is that the offender is responsible for paying for his device.
It seems like every time my little brother gets home from school, I hear about students getting caught vaping and smoking in the bathrooms, in the student parking lot and other places. I also hear about how someone is pregnant, and I find that vaping, pregnancy, and drinking are major issues among other things. Most of these problems come from uninvolved parents in their teenager’s life. Teens’ who are unsupervised tend to make wrong and dangerous decisions and that results in Teen drug use, Drinking, Pregnancy. Teens brains aren’t fully developed, so when the teen makes the “choice” to use drugs, drink, or have sex they think they know what they are doing, but they don’t because the brain isn’t developed enough to make such choices so thinking you know what your doing and it’s you’re choice it isn’t because really you have no clue of