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Running head: Media Coverage of The Drug Addiction Problem in CanadaMedia Coverage of The Drug Addiction Problem in CanadaName of StudentInstructor’s NameCourse Code and NameDate of Submission
2Media Coverage of The Drug Addiction Problem in CanadaIntroductionThere are several social issues affecting people from any part of the world at anyparticular time. For instance, drug addiction is a serious social issue that has impacted the livesof many people in Canada. Many young people in Canada today are struggling with depressionas a result of excessive use of drugs. Therefore, this has recently become one of the mostdiscussed social issues in Canadian media platforms.Scholarly Perspectives of The Drug Addiction Problem in CanadaAbout 49,000 of the annual deaths in Canada are drug-related (Bruno et al., 2018). Drugand substance abuse in the country has risen steadily over the years to the point that it demandsnational attention. About 45% of students in Ontario admit to having abused a drug in theprevious year, and 26% of them reported having been offered or sold a form of medicine in thesame period. Alcohol is the most abused drug in the country, with 58% of all drug addicts usingit. In comparison, cannabis comes in second at 25%, followed by non-prescribed opioids such asDemerol and finally tobacco at an abuse rate of 11.9% (Bruno et al., 2018). These are not merelystatistics but a picture testimony of how Canadian citizens are affected by drug-related issues andaddiction, which in turn affects the national economy and social values.Important scholarly work has been published on the issue. A position paper prepared bythe United Nations Drug Control Program for the World Summit for Social Development titledSocial Impact of Drug Abuse’takes a similar stance, exploring the social implications of drugand substance abuse and the available alternative solutions that governments can employ to helptheir populations. The drug problem not only affects the addict’s health but also offerscumulative impacts on the national economy (United Nations Drug Control Program, 2014).
3Media Coverage of The Drug Addiction Problem in CanadaDrug addicts are unable to find and sustain employment, and they end up becoming a burden tosociety. The paper‘Strengthening Canada’s Approach to Substance Use”further analyses theCanadian government’s drug and substance abuse strategy which is based on addressing theunderlying root causes of the problem and reducing stigma for the affected individuals, andoffers suggestions for sealing loopholes in the illegal drug industry (Government of Canada,2017). The question must be addressed in a bottom-up approach in which the underlying socialproblems that predispose citizens to drug abuse are dealt with first. Drug-related interventionsare costly and often use up expenditure that could have been invested in other aspects of nationaldevelopment. The Canadian government spends nine billion dollars annually in substance abuse

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