Essay on Reducing Drug Abuse in the United States
Drug addiction is a disease of the brain. The initial decision to use drugs is voluntary, however once that decision is made, the decision to become an addict in involuntary. “Addiction affects the brain circuits involved in reward, motivation, memory and inhibitory control. When these circuits are disrupted, so is a person’s capacity to freely choose not to use drugs.” (Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care) Drug addiction and/or abuse is a huge problem in our country today. In order to effectively combat this issue it is important to understand drug addiction; what it is, how it effects people and what our federal government says about it.
Drugs can be classified in two different ways. One way …show more content…
WHO IS AT RISK? A key factor in reducing drug addiction is to prevent it. This is made possible by knowing who is at risk for becoming a substance user. Adolescents that are brought up in low income families are more prone to be subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as violence. In a previous class lecture, a young