Nightclubs and Drugs

Nightclubs and Drugs - Cultural beliefs, expectations, and...

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Cultural beliefs, expectations, and ideals - how they contribute to drug use. Why they cause certain anti-drug efforts to fail W The extermination of illegal drugs has always been one of our most important, worldwide issues. Ending the existence of drugs is one of the toughest and most complicated goals we face. Despite our constant battle against them, illegal substances continue to exist and thrive in our culture. With all the effort we put into the war against drugs, why is there little success? Lack of effort is not a major reason our attempts are failing. It is the lack of understanding that leads to the misdirection and failure of our attempts. Obviously a strong desire to use drugs exists, and it is the prevention of this desire that we need to focus on in order to wipe out drugs from our lives. In fact, our focus is strongly on punishing drug users, yet applying laws against committed drug crimes has not proven to be an effective solution. Drugs are still produced and distributed everywhere, and are taken by many. -- despite Obviously our focus is mid-directed. Because all types of people use illegal substances, pinpointing one specific group to "bust" is not effective. Recently, we have tried to track the location of drug use. We find places where drugs tend to be, and seek to close them down as an effort to decrease the overall use of drugs. This has proved to be an ineffective technique because it does not change people's craving for drugs. Reasons leading up to drug use still exist. Arresting people for drugs does not kill their desire to use them. Closing down a crack house does not end the residents addiction, it just forces them to move. Reprimanding committed crimes does not eliminate the reason they were committed. Addressing drug offenses after they have been made is not an effective deterrent because the desire for the drug's effect still remains. Why is this desire more influential than the law? Partly because the potential benefits of drugs overwhelm us, and turn our focus away from the potential dangers and consequences. People will go to extreme lengths to be the best, or better than what they presently are. Culture's attitudes toward beauty, money, power as a representation for success drives us to turn to drugs. Drugs symbolize power, status, freedom, and the ultimate "high" in our world. Drugs can help people achieve higher status, more power, as well as the overwhelming physical and emotional "escape." Ultimately, the desire for the drug high is worth the risk -- which we conceive to be very small -- of being caught. In
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2011 for the course ACCT 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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