The 1990’s marked the beginning of a new war on drugs. Drug abuse rates had started to increase, wider variety of drugs became more common, and more people started to use. Not a lot has changed, because drug abuse is still very common in today’s society. In the 1990s, drug usage was bad, however a lot of the drugs in today 's society were not as common. Drug abuse is not just in the big cities,the problem is all over.
In his article, “Toward a Policy on Drugs,” Elliot Currie discusses “the magnitude and severity of our drug crisis” (para. 21), and how “no other country has anything resembling the American drug problem” (para. 21). The best way to describe America’s drug problem is that it is a hole continuously digs itself deeper. America’s drug issues were likely comparable to other country’s at one point in time, but today it can be blamed on the “street cultures” (para. 21) that continue to use and spread the use of illegal drugs. These street cultures transcend the common stereotype of drug users, such as low income communities in cities or welfare recipients, and can be found in every economic class and location. They are groups of people who have
Lucas Dial Alt English 111 10 January, 2018 The Other Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore is a story of two different lives, but with the same name, and how their journeys have been shaped by their decisions in the past. Through the book, there are many recurring themes. An individual's choices has consequences, Discipline and violence, the influence of family and friends are all common themes shown by author Wes moore throughout the book, shining light on each of their life journeys.
1 This review is about the novel Of Things Not Seen, by Don Aker. Don Aker used to be a high school teacher in Middleton, Nova Scotia. Now he currently works as a Literacy Mentor for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. He began writing in 1988 and he usually concentrates on writing short fiction for an adult audience. Don never planned at first to write this young adult novel, Of Things Not Seen. Although, he eventually did so as a result of something that involved one of his students. Don Aker required the students in his class to keep journals which he collected and read. This is how he got the idea to write Of Things Not Seen, when one of his students starting writing about being physically abused by her father.
The book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, the main character Ismael Beah tells a story of his first hand account of Sierra Leone’s civil war. Ismael Beah was a boy soldier who went from village to village with his brother and some friends in search of food and shelter. Beah was eventually brainwashed into thinking that what the group was doing would make up for his own family’s death. While his is fighting for the government he is heavily drugged to the point that he believes that what he is doing is the right thing. His lieutenant ended up letting him go with UNICEF so they can have better lives. He was sent to the Benin Home where he suffers from drug withdrawals and constant fighting and he ends up getting really hurt. While he was there, he met a nurse who helps him get over what he did.
Which summarises that the use of drugs cannot be prevented but yet, death and misuse can be controlled. Fulton Gillespie shows in his writing that criminalisation will not help drug addicts but legalising drugs will. It can be seen in this example, “I am convinced that he would still be alive today if all the drugs had been legalised and controlled, because he would have no need to steal and would not have been in prison, the heroin would have been controlled and thus not toxic”. The same applies to Rupert Turner as he discusses to support and not punish those in need of help. This can is clear when Rupert states, “We pour millions into fighting the drug war, a war that cannot be won.
Is there something that you’re constantly told is worth fighting for? That you’re told is for a good cause so you feel as if you need to be a part of it? Well, that’s what many people have been told before. People such as troops fighting for independence from England. They were told to fight for their independence, which they did want, but they leave out all the many disadvantages that come with fighting.
The first problem is that Robert Wakefield, has no experience and has very little knowledge about the war and how to fight it. The second problem is that Robert Wakefield finds out that most drugs comes from Mexico, and despite the fact that we spend 3000 trillion dollars on fighting this war, we still didn’t do a lot in terms of stopping it. The third problem is that there’s no czar on the other side in Mexico, which means that there’s nobody who’s fighting this war on the other side. In addition, on his way back from a trip he took with several the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Law Enforcement, and Military Officials, Robert Wakefield finds out that there’s no one from treatment on the plane; and also no one on this plane seems to have any idea on how to fight this war. Another problem is the high temptation in Mexico to sell drugs because they don’t pay like U.S pay to their employees.
For example, agencies have been established with the sole intent to manage drug use and distribution and technology has been exclusively developed to detect the presence of drugs. Yet, evidence has indicated that such exhaustive efforts have been relatively unsuccessful. First, it has been assumed that drugs have perpetuated violence in society and based on this rationale, it was believed that by the suppressing the pervasiveness of drugs that incidents of violence would simultaneously diminish. However, reality has failed to align with the expectations that had initially been anticipated. Research findings have suggested that the decriminalization of drugs would result in a less adversarial drug market in which conflicts have tended to arise among dealers as well as between dealers and buyers (Common Sense for Drug Policy, 2007, p. 21).
Throughout the book, A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, violence is a predominant theme. Ishmael is a witness to violence at the early age of twelve when the civil war reaches his village in Sierra Leone. The death of his family, the loss of his childhood/ innocence and his transformation into a killer were all direct results of the violence due to the war.
Some adults can have a mentoring role in a child’s life. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt is a novel about Holling Hoodhood’s seventh grade year. In the story Holling is always told by his father how to act so he can inherit the family business, Hoodhood and Associates. When Holling has Mrs. Baker as a teacher he must be nice because Hoodhood and Associates wants to win a bid for her families sporting business. Holling starts to read Shakespeare with Mrs. Baker and begins to see the world around him differently. In this novel Mrs. Baker acts as more of a parental figure to Holling than his own parents.
Reema Alfayez Leslie Martin Drama62 11/21/2016 ‘Do the right thing’ Analysis ‘Do the right thing’ is a widely recognized film for bringing out controversial issues facing our society. This film by Spike's Lee's challenges the audience to reflect on societal issues by constantly butting together the conflicting ideologies of violence as self-defence and non-violence. Lee manages to highlight this compelling question without telling the audience which is the better choice. The film successfully portrays the diverse, personalities, attitudes and desires that are in conflict in society.
(Michelle Steel para 18). This defeats the statement of when others state that drugs were a choice, they were forced into taking the drugs in which brainwashed them into killing people. As described and outlooked, countless of the innocent were so drugged that they had no idea what they were doing. If the adolescents were drugged, this causes an issue, because not only does it make them clueless as to what they are doing, but moreover, completely unaware. The more soldiers that were drugged, the more that were killed because they were under the influence.