Summary: A Meaningful Epidemic Methamphetamine

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Methamphetamine; A Meaningful Epidemic Donna Algeo WESTERN GOVERNER'S UNIVERSITY Issues of Behavioral Science GLT1 February 5, 2014 Methamphetamine; A Meaningful Epidemic Abstract Methamphetamine use is becoming a National epidemic. The sociological impact is enormous as well as the causative factors that are catalysts to a multitude of family, educational, community, and global effects of drug use in America today. The Sociological outlooks on drug use in the United States can be explained via Conflict theory, Functionalism or via an Interactionism Perspective. This paper will attempt to describe a socially meaningful Interactionism Perspective, covering the symbolic interaction in the subgroups in attempt to describe meaning…show more content…
Speaking to the human factor, the loss of possibility and potentials to the addict are enormous. Since addicts come from any walk of life; parents, children, sisters, brothers; are all affected by this drug. First, we look at the addict. The losses of ability to function in society, gain educational goals, provide for themselves and others; is a huge cost to society. Medicaid, Social Services, CPS, law enforcement are all affected on a larger scale. Financial cost to the United States is growing at alarming rates, where we have to look at meth addiction as a nation. Meth use in pregnancy is becoming more common, the physical effects on both mother and baby are increasing the costs in healthcare with lengthy stays in the neonatal departments. Providing care to addicted newborns doesn’t stop in the hospital. CPS and Social Services have an ongoing role in protecting these children through foster care placement and adoption placement that is lengthy. Court cases take time and are affecting the judicial system on a daily…show more content…
How to tackle the addiction, prevent it and allow people to recover is an ongoing problem. We must look at it symbolically and take responsibility of our social networks and media influence. By breaking it down to the subgroups of a drug culture, changing the unnecessary glamorization by film and music industry. Educational opportunities for lower socioeconomic groups may decrease the need for a dependency on drug dealing. The answers are not easy, the task seems unobtainable, but without an attempt “The Unnecessary Epidemic” continues at a great cost to human beings and our existence.
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