Essay on The Dangers Of Illegal Drugs

770 Words Jun 10th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1999, pregnant women 15–44 years of age, 3.4% reported using illicit drugs. (Lester, par 17) The amount of illegal drugs that is readily available to every American, undeniably increased over the past 25 years. In most major cities anyone can easily find someone who is selling, which increases not only the minor population getting its hands on it, but also pregnant women. Not only on the streets is it easy to find harmful substances but at a restaurant you are required to sell alcohol to anyone over the age of 21 who isn 't visibly drunk before serving them, even if they’re visibly pregnant. As a cashier at a mini mart, you are required as an employee to sell cigarettes to anyone over the age of 18. As an employee, you cannot discriminate a pregnant woman. Even though the store selling alcohol or tobacco is required to have a warning sign explaining there are side effects to the actions, you can’t acknowledge it when talking to her. Your ethical beliefs may be against giving a pregnant woman something that is clearly bad for the baby, but if you need the job, you are going to sell her what she came in for. Steps towards change need to happen before the statistics get any worse; screening for drugs and alcohol abuse in prenatal care, along with changing the laws and policies on selling to a pregnant woman will dramatically decrease the amount of premature babies and also prenatal deaths. The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), did a survey in 1999, of…

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