Drug abuse in Canada.

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Drug abuse in Canada is a major problem, especially among teenagers. Drugs have hurt the lives of nearly 40 percent of all teenagers in Canada. Either with health problems, DWIs, highway crashes, arrests, impaired school and job performance. These drugs that teenagers use range from Alcohol, LSD, Marijuana, and even Cigarettes. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2001, it was used by 76 percent of current illicit drug users. The extermination of these illegal drugs has always been one of the most crucial dilemmas among all the other worldwide issues. Most of the teenagers that are involved in drug abuse have either, broken families, parents that are drug abusers, a unstable environment where they are constantly moving from place to place, or there parents aren't exactly making a lot of money and they are never around because they are trying to make enough money for them to survive.

But even to most ordinary teenager, having a drug problem can depend on their friends, and relationship with there family. I think, drugs are considered to be deviant. Deviance is behavior or characteristics that some people in a society find offensive or reprehensible and that generates, or would generate if discovered, in these people disapproval, punishment, condemnation of, or hostility toward, the actor or possessor.

These teenagers turn to drugs because they have no where else to turn. Their family members aren't ever around, or hardly ever around. Some teens may have there parents around, but they too are involved with drug abuse, giving little or no attention to there children. They may have dropped out of school, or aren't meeting the standards set for them to meet, giving them a sense that they aren't worth anything. So what do they do? They turn to drugs, thinking that it...