Drugs and Society Essay

1148 Words5 Pages
Drugs & Society Drugs adversely impact the functionality of society. The negative impact of individuals using drugs expands beyond the individual to affect their family, friends, businesses, and the government. In my experiences, I have found that many individuals using drugs often do not think about the impact they have on their families or society. Instead, they tend to place an increased focus on their own satisfaction. However, few truly know the extent in which they harm society. Sociological influences of the drug culture and its impact on current policies in American business, education and politics hinder economic growth, increases criminal acts and promote dysfunctional norms throughout society. Determining the lost economic growth due to drug use is difficult. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center (2007) the cost of drug use in the United States in 2002 was $180.9 billion. The cost of federally funded programs geared to reducing drug abuse is projected to be $25.2 billion for 2013 alone (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2013). As an individual, it is difficult to fathom spending over 25 billion dollars per year on programs that prevent, rehabilitate and punish drug abusers. I believe this money could be used to help restore our damaged economy. Furthermore, I believe this money could be used to help individuals expand themselves in terms of pursing their education. This would further help to ensure that our economy continues to grow. Despite my beliefs, the need to reduce drug abuse in society has been well established. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2011) over 23.5 million people need to be treated for drug abuse. This is a difficult, yet accurate statistic in the sense that it is hard to image the lost potential. In my experiences, I have found that the successes of business are heavily dependent on

More about Drugs and Society Essay

Open Document