Essay about Drug Trends And Sociology Of Drug Abuse

759 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Drug Trends and Sociology Drug abuse affects many different people from all lifestyles. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013, 24 million, an 8.3% increase of Americans, ranging from the age of 12 and up had used illegal drugs, such as marijuana (drugabuse.gov, 2015). The use of other drugs has been steady or has dropped. One of the most communally used or abuse of drugs today are painkillers, like oxycodone (drugabuse.gov, 2015). Traditionally the baby boomer generation has had a higher percentage of illegal drug use. Even though the fluctuations and almost tripling increase in sought out treatment since 2008 for drug use, the rift for drug abuse remedy remains sizable (drugabuse.gov, 2015).
The use of illegal drugs as well as of abuse of prescription drugs can be linked to a person’s social position. As pervious stated, baby boomers have consistently been at the forefront of drug abuse (drugabuse.gov, 2015). It is possible that one of the reasons for drug abuse among baby boomers is because baby boomer grew up during a time were drug use was seen more so as entertainment, and more socially excepted as everyday behavior (Addiction.comStaff, 2013). Notwithstanding the socially acceptance of drug use/ abuse among those between the ages of 50 and older, this behavior can also be seen in other generations, such as generation X, but is reportedly by the (SAMHSA) as being more prominent in the baby boomer generation…

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