NEEDLES “Just say no,” that’s what they drill into your brain in those anti-drug classes in high school. These three simple words are considered to be your number one tool to keep on the straight and narrow. If it’s that simple to “Just say no” then why do drugs still play such a big part in everyday culture? What is it about drugs? In today’s world, you can’t really escape the blatant use of drug references within pop culture. Most hip-hop and rap songs that have been released in the past few months all reference the new drug trend, Molly, which for all purposes is ecstasy. Although most radio and television stations will bleep out any mention of the slang, but most are very aware of the reality of what is being said. The thing that surprises me the most is while people know what it is, they seem to completely forget the very real effect it can have. It’s like forgetting it’s a drug in it’s entirety; forgetting the most important part of all of those drug awareness classes. Drugs are bad. You shouldn’t do them. Isn’t that the one main point that is always driven back to home? The over glamorization of Molly, in particular, is giving people a rose-colored vision of reality. Seeing Miley Cyrus and her friends “dancing with Molly” in her recent music video and “doing whatever we want” gives off the impression that there are no consequences from doing the drug. You’re young; you’re just having fun, no harm no foul. Is that really the case? There are real life repercussions when you play Russian roulette with these drugs. Although some see the party life style to be very enticing, it’s never really been something I’m into. When you grow up with two drug addicted parents, and a cousin who has become severely handicapped because of an overdose of prescription pills, you see firsthand just exactly what can happen when that first fun night spins out of control and takes over your entire future. My brain has a burning memory of the everlasting chaos and destruction that not only engulfs the individual, but everyone around them. I guess that is really where my complete lack of interest in even being around people who involve themselves in the drug scene comes from. Watching my mother and father struggle with their personal demons in the form of a needle is something you just don’t forget. My mother was a beautiful woman. She was always thinking of other needs before hers, especially when it came to animals. Fresh out of a vet-tech program, her future was bright. All the opportunities were hers to grab. So then, why? Why would someone with so much promise, someone with an absolute love for life choose the drugs that would eventually take her life? My cousin’s situation was very different. She wasn’t even in her teens before she was hooked on pills. The poor girl never had a chance in hell to have the same bright future that my mother did. Was she even aware of the fact she could say no when she was offered Oxycontin at twelve years old? She overdosed on over seven different hardcore prescription pills when she was just fourteen years old.…
trying drugs or simply decide to cross the line of the taboo of society due to curiosity or, often, just plain boredom. Many people who become addicted to drugs began taking them recreationally, but in many cases, this recreational 'flight of fantasy' or 'mental escape' comes with more than the user bargained for. Unfortunately for most people, they are either unaware or uncaring of their family or ethnic background that may be markers of their predisposition for addiction. Since many drugs are considered…
The Use of Illegal Drugs throughout Pregnancy
A women’s pregnancy can be one of the most enjoyable times of their life! Therefore, it is important for a woman to do everything that she is capable of in order to protect both herself and her unborn fetus throughout the duration of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, some women abuse this joyful time by using drugs, both illegal and prescription. Lawmakers are currently working hard to ensure every child has a successful future, whether or not they have…
One of the most commonly recognized addictions include addictions to alcohol and other mood-altering drugs. I know many people who are, and were once addicted to alcohol and many other drugs. To be addicted to anything is to need it; you’ll do whatever it takes to get that drug. Even if that means give away your most prized position.
When I was five years old I always wondered why my mother would leave during the middle of the night, she would be gone and might come back when it was time for me…
Drugs and Addiction
Drugs have many effects on the body and mind. People use drugs for various reasons nowadays; some are prescribed, but what about the people that use not prescribed? How do they get them? Many people that use these drugs find themselves doing almost anything to get them; there have even been some college students that get doctors and therapists to give medications without much examination.
There are many drugs a person can get addicted to from prescription drugs to more…
Hamil, he makes a point that television and drugs is something that you could make a strong comparison about, because of the fact that the percentage of people doing drugs and watching television is basically the same.
The story starts off talking about a lady; who is addicted to crack cocaine and lives in a welfare hotel with her children. As Hamil is talking to her, hers kids are hypnotized by the television. Once Peter left he thinks about drug addiction and how it effects today’s society. It’s…
5 May 2013
U.S. Drug Policy
There has been much controversy over the United States current drug policy. With new studies showing that some current illegal drugs actually have medical benefits, there has been a sudden outcry from the public on drug legalization. There are certain questions regarding the drug policy that I felt most relevant to this policy issue today in the following paragraphs. I have given the two opposing views of each question.
The war on drugs in the United States has…
Drug abuse has a more commonplace in our society today than before. Drug abuse is the habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness. Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. There are many different drugs being abuse such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine. There are many dangers and cause…
Drug abuse is an ever increasing problem in society today; the rise in drug related addiction and death is a clear indicator of this negative impact. Those with the experience of drug addiction, be it firsthand or through a friend or a family member, have witnessed the devastating effects and consequences of drug abuse. As of 2013, the estimated number of those considered addicted to illicit drugs is upward of thirty nine million (World Health Organization…
never use or take any type of illegal drug or alcoholic substance because I have
seen what drugs and alcohol can do to people. I have seen how far the deepest pits go,
without ever having been there myself. I know what bottom is and I shall never go there!
People that I knew and might have loved once have gone to the bottom and died there. I
will NOT follow in their footsteps and make the same mistakes that they have made.
I have seen drugs and alcohol turn good, caring people into…
(Focus of the Study: “Shabungan” at Brgy. Victoria Reyes, Dasmariñas, Cavite)
Cuenca, Ma. Kristina B.
Enon, Jane Loraine S.
Tuban, Julie An
Laganzo, Ma. Riellyn Mae
Drug Addiction is a chronic disease affecting the brain, and just about everyone is different. It was also a condition that characterized by compulsive drug intake, craving and seeking despite what majority of society…