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Drug abuse is a growing problem in todays world while in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley the use of soma is encouraged and is distributed by the government as a tool for control Drug abuse causes social and psychological dilemmas for the user and those in contact with the user Huxleys world abuses these problems to keep people in order A person can become dependent of a drug psychologically and physically Musto This can often lead to crime and violence as seen often on TV newspapers and Brave New World Deltas become erratic and forget about their social upbringing when faced with the situation of John tossing soma out the window 219 Their psychological dependence of the drug causes them to act out to obtain the needed effects This can be seen on large and small scales in modern day from drug wars to theft This dependence was built apon at an early age in Brave New World as the hypnopaedic messages are flooded to them Modern cultures try to put a black cloud on drug use discouraging and making the use of some illegal Brave New World controls its citizens with soma Their government locks itself into a bind then because if they were to ever have a difficulty producing the drug the entire society would revolt Drug abuse has obvious social downfalls as well This can be seen through personal relations and through society Users can neglect peers or loved ones because of addiction Musto Linda best displays this fact as John is ignored by his mother through much of the novel This is not an obstacle for their world as family no longer exists Modern effects on society of drug use can be found in theft prostitution or the selling of drugs Musto Huxley fixes this by having soma distributed by the government This forces society to rely on the government since every person is now addicted to the
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