problem of drug abuse in our world. For instance, children and adults living in poverty are more likely to abuse drugs than those who are well off financially. Growing up in a home where drugs are used and sold regularly creates a new “normal” for children who grow up and see this lifestyle as a respectable and easy means for supporting themselves. (Dunlap, E., Johnston, B., Kotarba, J., Fackler, J., 2010) By sharing this lifestyle with their peers at school, a root of violence and crime grows deep in the community, and it’s often hard for them to see any other way out. Minority groups are particularly vulnerable to drug abuse. Americans. “The vast majority of those arrested in the war on drugs are African American and Hispanic Americans even though there are as many white drug users.” (Dunlap, 2010, pg. 310) In fact, there is a self-fulfilling prophecy among
minorities where they grow up to believe that because they have colored skin, that the police and other authorities are always looking out for them and expecting the worst from them. As a result, they show the worst of themselves including buying into the stereotype that all minorities are drug and alcohol abusers. To help vulnerable populations, we need to find a way to control substances and stop the abuse of them. We have tried completely illegalizing alcohol during the prohibition, which was unsuccessful.
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