of drug use and abuse has a severe impact on the poor and minority communities. (Dunlap, E., Johnston, B., Kotarba, J., Fackler, J., 2010) Children grow up witnessing their parents using illicit drugs and selling them for profit and that becomes the norm for them. Often times, the violence and other illegal activities that come with the territory of drug use become a lifestyle of social status to the children, and they pass down these “norm” to future generations. (Dunlap, E., Johnston, B., Kotarba, J., Fackler, J., 2010) These children will often even turn their peers onto the lifestyle, which encourages a deep root of violence and drugs in their community. The violent and fatal impact of drugs has been a huge area of concern even on the macro level. “Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids.” ( Rudd, RA, Aleshire, N, Zibbell, JE & Matthew Gladden, R. 2016)
Under President Nixon, the “War on Drugs” was unleashed. The War on Drugs, however has not succeeded in reducing drug supply, drug-related crime, addiction disease rates or death. This time in
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