Drugs





The extermination of illegal drugs has always been one of the most important, worldwide issues. Ending the existence of drug abuse in our society is one of the toughest and most complicated goals we face. Despite constant battles against them, illegal substances continue to exist and thrive in our culture. With all the effort put into the war against drugs, why is there little success? Lack of effort is not the reason our attempts are failing. It is the lack of understanding that leads to the misdirection and failure of our attempts. Obviously a strong desire to use drugs exists, and it is the prevention of this desire that we need to focus on in order to wipe out drug abuse. In fact, our focus is strongly on punishing drug users, yet applying laws against committed drug crimes has not proven to be an effective solution. Drugs are still produced and distributed everywhere, and are taken by many. The reasons people use drugs still exist. Arresting people for drugs does not kill their desire to use them. Reprimanding committed crimes does not eliminate the reason they were committed. Addressing drug offenses after they have been made is not an effective deterrent because the desire for the drug\'s effect still remains. Why is this desire more influential than the law? Partly because the potential benefits of drugs overwhelm us, and turn our focus away from the potential dangers and consequences. People will go to extreme lengths to be the best, or better than what they presently are. Culture\'s attitudes toward beauty, money, power as a representation for success drives us to turn to drugs. Drugs symbolize power, status, freedom, and the ultimate “high” in our world. Drugs can help people achieve higher status, more power, as well as the overwhelming physical and emotional “escape.” Ultimately, the desire for the drug high is worth the risk -- which we conceive to be very small -- of being caught. In reality, the risk of getting caught is extremely slim. Only a small percentage of all drug crimes do get caught, so our fear of the law is minimal. Therefore, we continue to use drugs, and are rarely deterred by the infrequent actions taken to stop what we so badly want to achieve. In addition, many people are willing to risk getting caught, because the benefits of drugs outweigh the risks. Despite our strong cultural expectations which encourage this rampant drug use, we continue to rely on the law to solve the drug problem. Today, one popular technique is closing down high-drug use establishments, the most prevalent in our country being nightclubs. These exist for people\'s pleasure, and serve as a site of experimentation and enjoyment; in many different ways. People are interested in all aspects of clubs, and are drawn into being a part of them. Nightclubs are a combination of many aspects within the entertainment industry; including music, fashion, beauty/modeling and acting. Along with working in, and striving to be a part of, these industries comes the pressure to keep up with the competition. Those involved in these industries compete just as much as those who are not; generally, everyone strives to achieve what they do not have. Our cultural beliefs about success in these areas include the use of drugs as a means of reaching our goals. Drugs have always been closely linked to the entertainment industry, and regardless of their illegal status, many of us succumb to the temptation. This is often a direct result of the pressure and competition that our culture puts each individual through. We are not easily deterred from using drugs because we refuse to give up our dreams and goals, and often are willing to do whatever it takes along the path to success. These strong values keep laws from stopping our drug use. While the closing of a nightclub may stop us from using drugs there, it will not stop us from using them somewhere else. Our desire to reach success and be accepted do not die because of an these infrequent, insignificant actions. When an establishment closes down, people can easily find another one which fulfills the same purpose. For example, when a movie theater or restaurant closes, patrons locate another one. No one stops seeing