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A review of the history of human civilization reveals that there has been a consistent
effort to discover, extract, and use nature's gifts to improve mental and physical performance.
Over the years, people have been able to extract opium, cocaine, and cannabis from their natural
environment. Initially, these substances were used for medicinal purposes of relieving pain.
Owing to innovation, however, people started using substances like cocaine for its mood-altering
effect. Drug abuse is a social issue that sociologists categorize as a criminal, deviant behavior
that is influenced by attachments to groups, environments, and social interactions.
Drug abuse and addiction are vital issues that affect countries at the individual and social
levels. According to Puri (2019), drug abuse "is a patterned used of a drug in which the user
consumes the substance in amounts which are harmful to themselves or others" (p. 2). Statistics
indicate that there were 67,300 drug-related deaths in the U.S. in 2019 alone (Daley, 2020).
Today, drug abuse is a fact of life and it is especially sensitive as it mostly affects the productive
age group. Further, people of low socioeconomic status are more prone to drug abuse and
addiction. These individuals lack the resources or skills to withstand the onslaught of substance
abuse. People who are dependent on drugs like cocaine, cannabis, and opium have to spend a lot
of money and this outstrips their income. A majority of the users lack employment and they still
have to purchase the drugs (Puri, 2019). This only puts a heavy economic strain on individuals,
families, and communities. Substance abuse has a significant impact on society as young,
unemployed people spend huge amounts of money on drugs that only aggravates their problems.
The topic of drug abuse has prompted the development of several theories that explain
why people use substances. Proposed by Travis Hirschi in 1969, the social control theory
contends that the violations of the norms in society are natural and do not require any

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1 Drug Abuse Student Name University Course Professor Name Date 2 Drug Abuse A review of the history of human civilization reveals that there has been a consistent effort to discover, extract, and use nature's gifts to improve mental and physical performance. Over the years, people have been able to extract opium, cocaine, and cannabis from their natural environment. Initially, these substances were used for medicinal purposes of relieving pain. Owing to innovation, however, people started using substances like cocaine for its mood-altering effect. Drug abuse is a social issue that sociologists categorize as a criminal, deviant behavior that is influenced by attachments to groups, environments, and social interactions. Drug abuse and addiction are vital issues that affect countries at the individual and social levels. According to Puri (2019), drug abuse "is a patterned used of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts which are harmful to themselves or others" (p. 2). Statistics indicate that there were 67,300 drug-related deaths in the U.S. in 2019 alone (Daley, 2020). Today, drug abuse is a fact of life and it is especially sensitive as it mostly affects the productive age group. Further, people of low socioeconomic status are more prone to drug abuse and addiction. These individuals lack the resources or skills to withstand the onslaught of substance abuse. People who are dependent on drugs like cocaine, cannabis, and opium have to spend a lot of mone ...
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