In today's world all countries face the problems of substance abuse. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, "an estimated 15.9 million illicit drug users in the United States, excluding those who abuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs, other substances and alcohol" (About.com, 2008). Substance and drug use has changed over the last few years in the Unites States mainly because of trends that the country faces from different ethnicities and their different habits. This paper will discuss past and current trends of substance and drug use, ways of encouraging and supporting drug use and the health problems arising from drug use.
Past and Current Trends of Substance and Drug UseOne of the most famous drugs that the author would like to discuss is marijuana. Although, there is scientific evidence regarding the negative effects of marijuana on people's health, many people ignore these facts and use marijuana as a medical remedy.
The drug marijuana is still a trendy and one of the most controversial drugs known and used today and in the past. Another popular drug is cocaine. A noticeable decrease in the use of cocaine in the United Sates over the last 20 years; however, the use of its derivative, crack increases every day. Heroin trend, on the other side, shows no significant difference in its use in last 10 years. Only the way of taking it changed from injection to snorting because of the fear of becoming infected with the AIDS virus from needles and the misconception that this way of use will not lead to addiction. Methamphetamine became famous 30 years ago and is still very popular. The drugs use increased rapidly in "1994 when reaching 63% (The Data Bank, 2005). However, currently its use declines slowly.
United States suffers also from the constantly growing abuse...