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“Drug Culture” Trayner 1 Since I was a child, I can still hear the words “just say no to drugs” echoing in my ears. I never really took this phrase seriously because drugs were not a reality to me. I had never been exposed to anyone who did drugs, therefore, I would have never been influenced to try drugs. After reading Drown by Junot Diaz, a particular chapter, “Aurora” caught my attention. I felt like he was trying to portray more to me about his characters lives, than I was able to interpret and understand. Finally, I figured out that the root of my confusion lay in the fact that I did not understand the general concept of drugs. This caused me to inquire as to what was drug culture and why did it erupt? Through investigation and research, I discovered that drug culture erupted in the 1960’s through adolescents. Drug culture is a concept used to describe the act of taking drugs as well as selling them to other people. Over time, it has come to include the act of smuggling drugs as well as violent actions associated with drugs in one way or another. “For teenagers, the act of experimenting with drugs signified a break from their parent’s expectations. It was utilized as a way of escaping their planned futures (Beveridge).” As a result, this led to a division in the United States between two societies, “one affluent and worried, the other pathological and predatory” (Schneider 428). According to Schneider, “a sizable proportion of all inner city Hispanics who reached the age of 18 became addicted” (428). This is true for Yunior and Cut in Drown . Diaz writes, “me and Cut drove
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down to South River and bought some more smoke. The regular pickup, enough to Trayner 2 last us the rest of the month” (47). Clearly, both characters are addicted to “smoke,” or marijuana and are active dealers. Through research, I have found that drugs are detrimental to the individual because of their addictive qualities. Sure, the drug will free them from their everyday problems; however, the escape that they feel will be short lived. When they are done using the drug, their problem will still be there. As a result, they will want to utilize the drug once again in order to obtain that same effect. Effects could range from euphoria to exhaustion. Because the individual continuously turns to drugs, they develop an addiction for the drug. The drug becomes no longer a choice, but a necessity for the person. As a result, the addiction begins to take over the person’s life. The person will suffer relationship problems, inner conflicts, as well as outer conflicts. They will begin to have emotional problems
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2010 for the course ENG eel3003 taught by Professor Medda during the Fall '09 term at FSU.

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