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Drugs and the community

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  1. 1. Drugs and the Community By Emily Scott
  2. 2. Drug abuse is a problem that involves communities as much as it does individual users. Drug abuse can increase family stress, crime and significant health problems. Treatment programs, designed to reduce the negative effects of drug addiction within a community, are costly to implement and are not always effective (Withers, 2013).
  3. 3. Family Stress • Marital stress (Withers, 2013). • Place the children of users at a greater risk of emotional problems, physical problems and learning difficulties (Withers, 2013). • Parents who abuse drugs or alcohol tend to neglect their children leaving them to their own devices. Because they are preoccupied with their addictions, they fail to provide the proper guidance that children need especially during their growing years (King, 2008).
  4. 4. Crime • Drugs and crime are interrelated (Marvist, 2013). • In order to support expensive drug habits, users sometimes engage in crimes such as robbery, prostitution or even aggressive panhandling (Withers, 2013). • Drink driving contributes to over 30% of fatal road crashes (WA Government, n.d.).
  5. 5. Treatment concerns • Drug abuse exposes users to a variety of health risks including pregnancy complications, brain damage or even death from overdosing (Withers, 2013). • These illnesses can be expensive for society to cure (Palme, 2007).
  6. 6. Fatalities • Deaths stemming from violent crimes by substance abusers (Withers, 2013). • Child-maltreatment fatalities caused as a result of substance abuse by a child’s primary caregiver (Withers, 2013). • In 2010, 29% of all fatalities had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over 0.05g/mL (WA Government, n.d.)
  7. 7. References • King, C. (2008). Substance Abuse – effects on Society. Retrieved from Ezine Articles website: http://ezinearticles.com/?Substance-Abuse---Effects-on-Society&id=1513739 • Marvist. (2013) Impacts of Drugs on Society. Retrieved from Street Directory website: http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/111343/addictions/impact_of_drugs_on_socie ty.html • Palme, J. (2007) Drugs effect on society. Retrieved from Web4Health website: http://www.web4health.info/en/answers/add-social-effects.htm • Rodney, N. (2013). How Effective Is Drug Testing in Eradicating Teen Drug Abuse? Retrieved from Medical Boox website: http://www.medicalboox.com/2013/02/how-effective-is-drug- testing-in.html • WA Governement. (n.d.). Drink Driving Campaign. Retrieved from Government of Western Australia website: http://ors.wa.gov.au/Campaigns/Drink-Driving.aspx • Withers, J. (2013). Community Impact of Drug Abuse. Retrieved from eHow health: http://www.ehow.com/about_5415046_community-impact-drug-abuse.html • West, E. (2012). Minimum alcohol pricing – not an absolutely terrible idea. Retrieved from The Telegraph website: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/edwest/100146529/minimum- alcohol-pricing-not-an-absolutely-terrible-idea/

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