Drugs and Other Social Problems

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Drugs and Other Social Problems 1) Family Life – Although drugs play a part in many cases of child neglect and family violence, they are not the single cause of such problems; instead, they tend to make the problems worse by reducing a person’s inhibitions and affecting judgment. - A drug problem rarely affects only one individual. Rather, it affects coworkers, parents, brothers and sisters, partners, and children. Those addicted to alcohol or other drugs spend their entire paycheck on substances that they crave, while others can not keep a job at all. Such cases create a pattern of codependency , behavior on the part of people who interact with a substance abuser that serves to help the drug abuse continue. 2) Homelessness – Because U.S. culture tends to define individuals as responsible
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Unformatted text preview: for their social position, many people readily conclude that people become homeless because they use drugs. However, the opposite is often true: When people so not have work; when they lost the support of neighbors, family, and friends; and when they live on the streets they may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a means to cope. 3) Health Each year, as many people die from the use of legal and illegal drugs as from gun violence, accidents, and infectious disease combined. Estimates suggest that half of all pregnant women drink alcohol at some time during pregnancy, putting their babies at risk. Also, between 5 and 10% of pregnant women use marijuana, cocaine, or some other drug. Drug users may also share needles, a dangerous practice that spreads HIVthe virus that causes AIDS....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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