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"Is there really a drugs problem today, or is it merely an invention of the Media?"

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Ozair Yaqub Year 11k "Is there really a drugs problem today, or is it merely an invention of the Media?" The drugs problem is a topic of major concern amongst the public. It is raised time and time again, which usually leads to general outcry. The media usually exaggerates the issue, which causes public concern to rise. It would be na�ve to think that there is no drugs problem and it is purely an invention of the media. As recent statistics show that the use of Heroin itself has trebled over 3 years in the USA alone; in reality raises concern on how serious the drugs problem is world-wide. This clearly proves that there is a genuine drugs problem in society today. ...read more.


Alcohol is the most commonly consumed drug and considerably serious, consumed by all nearly all of 12 year old and above in the USA alone. In addition to this Alcohol lowers consumer's inhibitions, which can set them up for dangerous or embarrassing behaviour. 10,000 deaths are reported each year relating to Alcohol. On the contrary adolescents who use Alcohol are more likely to become sexually active, which places them at a greater risk of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. In addition to this Alcohol is a drug which is heavily advertised in the media (companies such as Guinness). This links with the hypocrisy of the media; and how in one sense it exaggerates the problem of drugs, and yet at the same time encourages it, leading to the "drugs problem in society". ...read more.


Presently 600,000 people need treatment for the addiction of heroin itself. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) names heroin as the most lethal drug, so we can see the severity of the drug already. The consumption of Heroin has increased by 19% in the years from 1994 to 1995. In conclusion we can clearly see that that is in fact a "drugs problem" within the society alone. The government are to blame due to the VAT charge being associated with the consumption of Alcohol and Tobacco which are both undesirable products. What seems to be the problem in the present day "if you cannot stop it, legalise it" which seems the easy way out, like Tobacco & Alcohol. The government are also thinking of legalising cannabis, because they cannot stop "the drugs problem", we are left to think that the government are responsible for the "drugs problem in society". ...read more.

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