The Social Illness of Methamphetamine

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Running head: THE SOCIAL ILLNESS OF METHAMPHETAMINE The Social Illness of Methamphetamine Abuse Abstract This paper discusses the causes and consequences of Methamphetamine abuse, and its affect on society. Presented is an overview of Methamphetamine dependency and a dialogue of three theoretical perspectives relating human development and drug addiction. The birth of Methamphetamine abuse has prompted federal and state governments to develop statutes, regulations, and policy changes to deal with this societal illness. Research of published literature and personal communication examines three legislative policies relevant to the misuse of this drug. A comparison of the policy models used in the development and implementation of these federal acts addresses the government's response to this public disease. Understanding the efficacy of these policies is paramount to addressing this social crisis. CONTENTS Abstract 2 Introduction 4 The Social Problem of Methamphetamine 6 Scope of Problem 6 Causes 7 Consequences of Use 8 Target Population 10 Three Theoretical Perspectives Related to Drug Abuse 11 Availability-Proneness Theory 11 Psychosocial Theory of Drug Abuse: A Psychodynamic Approach 13 Self-Esteem and Self-Derogation Theory 14 Three Social Welfare Policies Relevant to Methamphetamine 16 The Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Prevention Control Act of 1970 17 The Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act of 1996 18 The Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999 19 Three Theoretical Perspectives on Policymaking 21 Conclusion 22 References 24 The Social Illness of Methamphetamine Abuse The manufacturing, trafficking, and abuse of the illegal drug,
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