Drug offense

Read the article below and describe the social problem within the article that you would like to focus on. Tell us:

1. What is the problem, including a definition and who is affected

2. Why this issue is important to you

3. Do your own research to find at least one policy that has been proposed or passed at the federal level that addresses this problem. You might look at resources provided by an advocacy group such as NASW, www.congress.gov, or other trusted sources. Describe the policy, how it works (or would work), and whether you think it would help the problem or make it worse.

 

ARTICLE LINK TO READ:

 

Sacco, L. (2014). Drug enforcement in the United States: History, policy, and trends. Congressional Research Office. R43749. Retrieved from https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43749.pdf.

 

Answer

Article Review

The selected article focuses on drug offenses in society, such as distribution, possession, and abuse. Drug offense is a broad term for drug-related crimes, such as the manufacture, distribution, and use of controlled substances (Sacco, 2014). In the United States, drug offenses problem affects multiple individuals and groups. However, the youth are the most affected.

Drug offense issue is important to me as it has affected me at a personal level as well. I have had many friends and family members lose themselves to drugs, and I understand its impact. There are many reasons to be concerned. First, drug trafficking and abuse affect the physical and mental health of young people. Second, it facilitates the exposure of young children to drugs, creating a cycle that may proceed for generations. Third, it affects the functioning of individuals within society. Finally, its ripple effects are massive. Drug abuse/offense is thus an important topic that requires national attention.

The federal and state governments have taken actions to control many intoxicating substances. The federal government has proposed and passed multiple policies in this regard. One such policy is the “Stop Injection Sites for Illegal Drugs Act of 2022.” This bill was proposed and introduced but is yet to be passed in the Senate. The policy prohibits providing facilities for the unlawful use of controlled substances (Congress.gov, n.d.). It would work by limiting funding to states with such facilities, forcing state and local governments to shut them down to receive federal aid. In shutting down such facilities, the regular use of controlled substances may decline. Although it is a good policy to discourage controlled substance use and emphasize the government’s position on drug crimes, I do not think this would be an effective strategy. People can use illegal substances from other locations; their homes, cars, and other private property. This policy will thus not hinder drug use.

References

Congress.gov. (n.d.). Summary: H.R.7029 — 117th Congress (2021-2022). Retrieved from https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7029?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22drug%22%2C%22enforcement%22%5D%7D&s=2&r=91

Sacco, L. N. (2014). Drug Enforcement in the United States: History, Policy, and Trends. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service.

 

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