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Cultural beliefs expectations and ideals - how they contribute to drug useWhy they cause certain anti-drug efforts to fail The extermination of illegal drugs has always been one of our mostimportant worldwide issues Ending the existence of drugs is one of thetoughest and most complicated goals we face Despite our constant battleagainst them illegal substances continue to exist and thrive in our culture With all the effort we put into the war against drugs why is there little success Lack of effort is not a major reason our attempts are failing It is the lack ofunderstanding that leads to the misdirection and failure of our attempts Obviously a strong desire to use drugs exists and it is the prevention of thisdesire that we need to focus on in order to wipe out drugs from our lives In fact our focus is strongly on punishing drug users yet applying lawsagainst committed drug crimes has not proven to be an effective solution Drugsare still produced and distributed everywhere and are taken by many -- despite Obviously our focus is mid-directed Because all types of people useillegal substances pinpointing one specific group to bust is not effective Recently we have tried to track the location of drug use We find places wheredrugs tend to be and seek to close them down as an effort to decrease the overalluse of drugs This has proved to be an ineffective technique because it does notchangepeoples craving for drugs Reasons leading up to drug use still exist Arrestingpeople for drugs does not kill their desire to use them Closing down a crackhouse does not end the residents addiction it just forces them to move Reprimanding committed crimes does not eliminate the reason they werecommitted Addressing drug offenses after they have been made is not aneffective deterrent because the desire for the drugs effect still remains Why is this desire more influential than the law Partly because thepotential benefits of drugs
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