The Problem Of Drug Abuse Essay

1266 Words Mar 7th, 2015 null Page
Maryland is known as the U.S Heroin capital and one in ten of Baltimore’s residents are addicted to the drug (Yang, 2014). Graph 1 provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014) represents the number of deaths caused by Heroin in Baltimore, MD from January through June 2007-2014: Drug abuse is a disease that is often overlooked and if left untreated it could turn into a recreational activity for the people using them. Many teens are using illegal substances and becoming addicted which can cause situations such as dropping out of school, roaming the streets, and hurting the people that care about them. Baltimore can be free from drugs by offering free mentor programs to troubled youths, enforcing random mandatory drug screenings for welfare participants, and providing more state government funded outreach programs for drug abusers and their family members. Helping the youth of today find mentor programs can save a lot of heart ache and pain that will come in the future if they have no proper role model to look up too. Imagine if someone was in a situation where they had to choose between using or selling illegal substances for a gang or running away and most likely getting shot in the back; What would they chose? Many children have to face that difficult decision and end up falling into the wrong crowd which causes them to look up to the wrong type of people. High school students are a diverse group of impressionable young adults who are easily…

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