The Pros And Cons Of Drug Abuse

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Maryland is known as the U.S Heroin capital and one in ten of Baltimore’s residents are addicted to the drug (Yang, 2014). Graph 1 provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014) represents the number of deaths caused by Heroin in Baltimore, MD from January through June 2007-2014: Drug abuse is a disease that is often overlooked and if left untreated it could turn into a recreational activity for the people using them. Many teens are using illegal substances and becoming addicted which can cause situations such as dropping out of school, roaming the streets, and hurting the people that care about them. Baltimore can be free from drugs by offering free mentor programs to troubled youths, enforcing random mandatory drug …show more content…
As for the temporary cash assistance program, many addicts use that money to fix their cravings. How would a person feel if they found out they got denied help with food and money when they needed it, but across the street there is someone who is a hardcore drug abuser that receives help just to keep feeding their addiction? According to the National Conference of State Legislators, NCSL (2015), there have been 12 states that have passed legislation regarding drug testing to receive public assistance such as Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and Maryland had passed the law for temporary cash only so far and 14 states have proposed legislation requiring some form of drug testing or screening such as New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Image 1, a 2012 State Legislative Proposals provided by the National Conference of State Legislators, shows the states that have proposed laws regarding drug testing for welfare participants: If Maryland was to pass the law for mandatory drug screenings for all of the welfare programs provided there will most likely be less drug addicts and abusers abusing the system because they don’t want to lose their …show more content…
Factors such as music artists sensationalizing drug use, people seeing and hearing on the news about local and state government official’s use and traffic drugs, and mental health issues that lead to drug abuse. There have been many cases of mail carriers, police officers, government officials, and even restaurants that have abused and or traffic illegal substances. Daniel Redd, one of Baltimore City’s police officers, was arrested along with a few others for trafficking and was charged with a life sentence plus sixty years (FBI, 2011). Also, Rita’s Italian Ice in Fells Point was the location of a major cocaine ring and the 9 people involved were arrested facing drug conspiracy charges (Knezevich, 2014). How many people ate there every day before finding this out? The fact that a place that is for people of all ages, including children, was trafficking illegal substances throughout Baltimore is despicable. Music artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Lil’ Wayne and Baltimore’s own Tupac Shakur all influence the way children and young adults think about illegal substances by using lyrics that have to do with using them such as marijuana and prescription drugs; their lyrics provide the bad idea that it is normal and ok

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