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Jose Corbera ENC 1101 593-54-3575 101299 Essay 2 Personal Commentary The need to solve the drug problem has been a reoccurring theme of political and social commentary in the United States for most of the past decade The increase in drug use has begun a serious investigation into its causes a massive investment of social efforts to contain it and a mobilization of medical and par- medical resources to treat its victims Why do people abuse drugs Many people continually use drugs because they want a pleasurable change in their state of mind This pleasurable change may range from a mild lift to an increased psychoactive effect People use such drugs as alcohol and weed to gain a sense of well- being A number of people start to experiment with drugs out of curiosity for the thrill as an expression of rebellion or because their friends do it On the other hand others use drugs to escape depression or other personal problems But regardless of why drug use began large numbers of people continue the practice because they become dependent on a drug A document from the Department of Health and Human Services says the use of drugs has decline dramatically since the 1970s and 1980s when drug use was at its peak level The use of drugs has declined in the percentage of eighth tenth and twelfth graders who believed there was a great risk in trying drugs But in 1994 the use of drugs increased and the Department of Health and Human Services stepped up to try to help our parents protect their children from the resurgence of drugs The government is doing
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