Analysis Of The Book ' Reframing Canada 's ' Drug Problem ' By Bruce Alexander

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Bruce Alexander’s essay “Reframing Canada’s ‘Drug Problem’”, discusses the ever-growing epidemic of substance addiction plaguing Vancouver’s streets. In this paper, Alexander encourages readers to re-evaluate classic drug intervention methods: criminal prosecution, medical or psychological treatment, and “harm reduction” techniques, as they focus on fixing the addicts rather than fixing the true origin of their substance abuse problems. Ultimately, Alexander argues that people’s “dislocation” from their lives (meaning their lack of identification with their traditional culture and with people that surround them), is the very root of drug addiction. He goes on to suggest that this “dislocation” is a result of Canada’s selfish market and economy based lifestyle that requires people’s “dislocation” from their values and relationships in order to thrive. In essence, Alexander’s essay serves to point out that drug abuse should stop being classified as a criminal or medical problem, and that the government should allocate more resources to the diminution of Canadians’ “dislocation” instead of classic drug intervention methods. At first glance, Alexander’s essay seems to lack credibility as many of his statements are unfounded, or not very well supported by evidence, while other ideas are supported poorly with evidence that is both outdated and unclear. However, the author’s use of relatable, emotionally appealing examples showcases his insight on substance addiction and renders…

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