These dangerous drugs are all over our streets in urban and in rural parts of the U.S. The centers for disease control say that 100 people die every day in the U.S. from drug overdose, with prescription painkiller use being a serious offender. The prescription addiction epidemic has led to the creation of mass prescription databases, where your pharmaceutical habits are tracked by doctors and pharmacists alike in many states. The legal crack-down has made it difficult for many to obtain the drugs they are addicted to. In an effort to lessen the wave of prescription opiate addiction, the legal system has pushed many already-addicted people to a cheaper, easier to score opiate high—heroin.” (Renter, 2013) However, the regulations haven’t decreased the alarming amount of young adults who are currently addicted to pharmaceutical drugs.
There are pros and cons to employer drug testing just like everything else in the world. Employers take a chance of invading a person’s privacy and possibly crossing an individual’s constitutional rights. Drug testing can also be costly depending on the type of test that is done and how frequently the tests are done also. On a positive note, by implementing a drug free work zone and testing prospective employees and current employees the risk for work related accidents and the chances of lawsuits are lessened. More than seventeen million people over age eighteen were illicit drug users in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and more than seventy-five percent were currently employed.
Thirteen million people over the age of twelve have tried one of the most addicting substances known to man at least once. Out of those thirteen million 529,000 of them became regular users the United States government reported in 2008. This addictive substance is methamphetamine or meth for short. This stimulant can boost mood, increase feelings of well being, and increase energy and alertness, however it has some very dangerous side effect, which include but are not limited to high blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, and even death. Meth is considered one of the greatest drug threats to our nation with its affects costing anywhere between $16.2 and $48.3 billion dollars a year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
| |The most serious workplace crime is murder. Dunkel states, "Today, more than one thousand Americans are murdered on the job every year, 32%| |more than the annual average in the 80s" (Dunkel, 1994). As reported in the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 1993, 15 | |murders occur each week in the workplace. While only one in five deaths is a female, a staggering 42% of violence involving females
Prison Gangs Prison gangs are the most feared and destructive element of prison society. Engaging in murder, robbery, rape and drug dealing on a frequent basis, prison gangs pose a danger to the entire prison population. The ability to run a correctional facility safely and properly is seriously diminished with the presence of gang affiliated members. Gang affiliated inmates make up just 3% of the overall prison population but account for almost half of all prison violence (Griffin, 2006). To date it is estimated that there are about 100,000 gang members located in the American corrections system with membership having risen greatly in the last 30 years.
In 2007, a reporter sates that 267,000 illegal immigrants currently in jail in the United States are responsible for close to 1.3 million crimes from drug trafficking to rape and murder. In Los Angeles, the home to the largest Hispanic immigrant community in the United States. In 2006, the city of Los Angeles experienced 15.7 percent increased to federal agencies for aid to capture gangs. In Los Angeles County Jail there are 20 percent inmates and 10 percent inmates in Orange County jail who are illegal immigrants. Federal government is paying more money to meet the social welfare needs of the growing population but there is uncertainty as to how much is due to poor and illegal immigrants.
For instance, it only makes sense that welfare recipients should have to take a drug test in order to qualify for benefits. People say that this is unfair by singling out the poor people, or that it invades their privacy. This simply isn’t true. Some companies have people submit to a drug test even before they go through the interview process when applying for a job. This is because the companies have realized the benefits that can come from a drug-free workplace.
16 Year Old Thief The United States spends billions of dollars preventing drug use, treating addicts and fighting drug related crimes. Drug use causes multiple problems in many communities. Problems stemming from drug abuse can lead to burglaries, robberies, murders and other illegal activities in the United States. According to Drug War Facts for 2008 an estimated 117,325,000 Americas aged 12 or over (47% of the U.S. population aged 12 and over) report having used illicit drug at least once in their lifetime. More than half of America’s youth are drug users.
Ending prohibition on marijuana could save tax dollars and win ‘the war on drug”. (norml, 2013) 1. Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 829,000 individuals per year. (norml, 2013) 2. Nearly 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use.
According to fox news there are over one million prostitutes in the United States alone. Right now there are consequences. Stings, jail time, risk of sexually transmitted diseases, and risk of death. If prostitution was legalized STD testing would be mandatory for all sex workers through the Center for Disease control. If legalized our government would have more money to put out into the environment because government funds wouldn’t be going into stopping this