Drug Abuse same problem new generation
Drugs are not new, they have been around since the beginning of time. Yesterday it was opium and ether and now its pot and many other innovative substances created or altered every day.
This is a problem that is not going to go away or stop simply by telling teenagers or young adults to stay away. It seems like the newer generations are more open to the use and abuse of drugs compared to previous ones, but is not true.
During the prohibition era from “1920 to 1933” (Britannica) Alcohol was legally “banned” from the country, but this procedure backfired tremendously as it sparked the bootlegging/ponle italics movement powered by gangs and those willing to risk illegal activities to produce or consume the alcohol even by smuggling it across the borders. this went by mainly in the East cost creating a vicious ambient that spiraled into other plagues such as prostitution, gambling, extortion among other crimes. Why? because extreme methods of prohibition ignited the demand for alcohol where it wasn’t a problem before.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the lack of vigilance and slight corruption in the 80’s when the economy was booming it was cocain’s world and we were just living in it. The crack epidemic began on the west coast supported under the water by the Central Intelligent Agency. “The CIA allow for the sale of the drugs to the drug dealers in trade for firearms” . (southcentral article)
So too much restriction and too little doesn’t seem to end drug abuse so how do we deal with this problem?
Being born in the early 1990s I grew up being immersed well during the D.A.R.E. era(drug abuse resistance education) It was more than just free shrits or telling kids to stay away from drugs as crude as it sounds it was a scare tactic that seemed to work well with me and a big chunk of my generation. “If you drink and drive without a seatbelt” the officer in charge of the speech proceded to smash an egg in the glass container. “that will happen to your head”. Films like the basketball diaries (1995) and Requiem for a Dream (2000) made sure I stayed far away from drugs even aspirin I prefer not to take any pain medication unless the pain is borderline unbearable.
Young millennials and Gen Z teens don’t have to see these types of presentations and their movies marijuana, psychedelic drugs, and cocaine are as present as cigarettes in the French New Wave films in the 60s. Thus they grow with a more relaxed attitude about the use of drugs. Sadly no one does anything until an overdose happens.
To focus on one drug recently there has been law propositions about making the use of marijuana for medical purposes legal in the state of Texas. As of now, it has only been reviewed once again but no actual passing of it.and perhaps it is for the best.