Essay on Reducing Drug Abuse in the United States

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INTRODUCTION

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.
CLASSIFICATION
Drugs can be classified in two different ways. One way
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Marijuana was the most popular substance used, with an increase from 14.4 million users in 2007 to 17.4 million users in 2010. An astounding 6 million children were living with at least one parent that suffered from addiction when this survey was done. (Drug Addiction Facts and Statistics) Below is a graph that shows the percentage of drug of choice for addicted Americans. These numbers were gathered together in 2011. (DrugFacts: Nationwide Trends) (DrugFacts: Nationwide Trends, 2012)
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

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