JUST SAY YES: HOW DRUGS HAVE BECOME ALL THE RAVE IN AMERICA TODAY

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“Doping: the new norm.”


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Drug addiction has been a problem throughout American history. Especially during the period of time between the early 1970’s through the mid 1990’s. There were three major epidemics of drugs that hit the United States in this time: heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine. And since these three major epidemics, there have been smaller cycles that have popped up in the country. Right now, we are back in an opium crisis with heroin. But as with any issue that we have had, there have been a pop culture surrounding the issue. Today, we don’t have the “Just Say No” and D.A.R.E. But in our music, we are now starting to see the glamorizing of drug use.

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In the music we listen to, narcotics have started to become all the rave. But it’s not something new, during the 1970’s, cocaine use was so popularized, there were nightclubs known to cater directly to the narcotics market. So now, with the strength and influence of hip hop music, drugs are back in the pop culture. But what’s odd about hip hop being the place for drug usage is that hip hop music has for so long been the popular music that glorified the hustler and the dealer not the user. Everyone in hip hop for so long wanted the cars, the clothes, and the women the dealer had; but today, people want the drugs. And what are the drugs that are most popular.

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There are a few drugs of choice that have been popularized, yet they are still a problem in our society.

MARIJUANA
  • This recreational drug is legalized in a few states to use in small amounts. And if you have the money, you can open your own dispensary as well as your own growing center. But as lucrative as the business might be, using is still bigger to people than owning.

MDMA (MOLLY)
  • This drug is used very prevalent among young people in today’s society. In the past, the majority of people used Ecstasy, but not the new generation. It has been popularized in music and in film/television.

HEROIN
  • As for heroin, this drug is less acceptable, and highly illegal. But nonetheless, it has swept the nation recently. So much so, people have posted videos on Facebook where people have been unconscious in their cars after using the drug.

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Ultimately, the problem with the drug culture is that there is a total lack of productivity, efficiency, mobility/motor skills, fertility, and decision making. People find themselves sin more trouble once drugs come into play because they are not capable of making sound decisions under the influence. Yet the more marijuana becomes commonplace, you will see an even bigger usage because it will no longer be taboo.


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STREET ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IF INNER HUSTLERS COULD HARNESS THAT FOR GOOD

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“Imagine with the heart and fearlessness came real ingenuity.”


For me growing up, I was born in the year 1987, a time when Crack Cocaine was in full swing. Everyone was selling drugs, so much so, you would have thought it was a legitimate 9 – 5. Luckily for me, I didn’t grow up in a household where narcotics was sold. But I did live in a community where people bought and sold drugs. Young people who ranged from middle school to their late adulthood were selling drugs. As I got older, the trend didn’t slow down, it kept steady. And a next generation was running toward the narcotics business full steam ahead.

So in my mind, I said to myself, “What would happen if these young males could harness that skill?” “Harness that skill and put it into real business ventures.” They have the heart and the fearlessness to persevere, but they want the fast money. And that’s what makes it difficult to get these young men to turn their lives around. The addiction to the fast money. Only problem is that the few guys at the top make big money. The ones at the bottom take the most risk and make the least amount of money. But the guys at the top started somewhere. And it was somewhere, at the bottom. So if these young guys are willing to climb that ladder, why not the legit ladder.

Yes, the money is quicker, but when you factor in the time spent hanging around to sell. Then you take that and calculate the odds of you dying or going to prison, it’s not worth it. So my next question is, “How do we steer young men from selling drugs.” You’re obviously not going to reach everybody. But the goal is not to reach everybody, it’s to show them there are options. When you are an outsider looking in you say there are options. But living there, you know there are some people with no choice. I would love to see the ability to choose. If you choose that live, so be it. But you have too many choosing that life that are not in a position to have to sell drugs.

Let’s say we are able to harness that street entrepreneurship, what could we do with it. Well, we could build and sustain a stronger civilization. People looking in say, “These are nothing but common thugs.” But if not for informants, the DEA and FBI would have a tough time busting drug dealers. The organizations are so tightly nit, that informants are needed. They run multimillion operations under the radar. And the leaders do so without showing their faces. I wouldn’t say these are a group of thugs. They have plenty of education, but with no place to put it, it will be used for bad. Who could be the creators of America’s next innovative idea, now becomes public enemy number one.

A major aspect in reaching the next group is through after school activities. With so much of their time taken up, there is no time for breaking the law. You can start to wean-out a lot of what could turn into the next criminals of tomorrow. Issues you run into with this is political. And so many people feel the politicians are a contributor to the madness. In the end, what do we do as a community. One generation dies and another is born and the same game is played. You would think a lesson is learned from the prior generations. Yet, these young men join, they sell, not knowing that they are next. The next group to go to jail, never to see freedom again.


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ESCAPING REALITY: HOW NARCOTICS ABUSE CORRELATES WITH MENTAL HEALTH

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“What is your vice?”


The topic of narcotics use has been a subject for debate for the past five decades. But narcotics has popped its head up again in a new epidemic. Heroine use is back up again as well as Cocaine use on the west coast. And sad part about it, it’s a young generation that is using the drugs. Videos have been posted on social media of people and their drug use. Some of which are sitting in the front seats of their cars overdosing. So what is the reason for so much drug use? Especially a narcotic that has already proven to be a problem in the past. The 1960’s and 1970’s were a major Cocaine and Heroine usage time period. Now all of a sudden it’s back again.

On of the reasons that people have been using more drugs today than previous years is because of depression. So many people feel they need an escape from whatever it is that they are feeling bad about in life. Instead of facing the world head-on, people feel that they can only defeat their demons through drug use. The problem with that is that the narcotic creates a whole new set of demons worse than the ones you’re already defeating. So if you’re suffering from depression because you lost your job, then using narcotics is going to make you feel better in the moment, yet worse when the high comes down. And that brings me to my next reason why people use narcotics; unhappy with quality of life and needing an escape.

When I say quality of life, I mean employment situations. In society today, so many people are looking for work. So many people are unhappy with their current jobs and want anything better than what they have at the moment. So with the little money they do have, they get high. The only problem is that when you use a little money, it quickly turns into a lot of money. And that’s when you really crash because you find yourself dipping into your rent, mortgage, utilities, and personals money. And after this happens so many people find themselves sleeping in the street. This is the place known as rock bottom. The absolute lowest point in life; homelessness.

But it’s not all sorrow as to why so many people use narcotics today. Another reason is the social aspects of drugs. People use drugs to fit into their social circles. I have been hearing that on the west coast there has been an increase in Cocaine usage among young millennials. And it is so casual that no one is even talking much about it, almost like it’s perfectly normal. You would think that a lot of their parents who remember the past decades of heavy narcotics use would warn them. But then again, that’s assuming that parents know their children are using drugs. In the end, there many different reasons why people use heavy narcotics today. But unlike the past decades, prescription drugs are becoming an even bigger problem than narcotics. But even with all the downsides of narcotics people continue to still use heavily.