Cocaine is a drug that has many effects, and many people have been dependent on this drug. One unique thing, not necessarily good, is that I have a friend who abused this drug. Just like me he had plans on going to college and doing something useful with his life. The difference between me and him is he gave into peer pressure, and the life of partying and I did not. I am not saying I do not party, but I do have fun, and make sure that I would not do whatever someone tells me to do. Unfortunately my friend is having a hard life, and trying to get back his life by going to rehab. My point is this drug is not something to play around with, because they can change a person’s life for the worse. Maybe with a little bit more guidance life could have went much better for him at this point.
There are many organizations/programs out there that attempt to prevent the use and abuse of drugs but of them all he two that I am most familiar with is the Boys and Girls Club of America, and Drug Free America Foundation. The Boys & Girls club of America not only leads efforts to prevent cocaine, but all substance abuse. Their goal is aimed at youth, and there approach is to keep children out of the streets, and create a positive place where young boys and girls can stay away from such drugs. Which I find to be really effective because I grew up going to a Boys and Girls club, which really kept me from spending my time somewhere I shouldn’t have. Another organization is as I announced is the Drug Free of America Foundation, which in their approach is nationwide. Their goal is “to reduce the demand for drugs by utilizing effective practices in treatment, law enforcement and prevention.”
Cocaine is an unlawful drug and a number of laws have been passed for the possession or use of cocaine/crack, such as the anti-drug abuse act of 1986, which since then has been revised a few times. This act uses a ratio to for sentencing for the possession of crack cocaine, for example an 18:1 ratio gives a person a certain amount of years in prison. For 28 grams of cocaine a person receives a five-year sentence.
Crack cocaine is a very dangerous when used improperly, because this drug affects the mind and body. This country has suffered a lot from the abuse of cocaine, and has spent billions for the prevention of the drug. Since the drug is here and the damage has already done, the best thing our country can do is keep trying to prevent this drug from being used by people. I believe if parents enforce that this drug should never be used, and tell their children what this drug does, than children will be less likely to use the drug in the future. Even though the law does the best it can to prevent the usage and possession of the drug, it truly is not enough; which is why we need parents of children to be more involved of their children’s life. I believe the more a parent is involved in a child’s life the less likely the child will be to drug such drugs as cocaine.
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