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    Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse has proven to be a large problem in America and especially within the Native American Indian Population. Starting as young as 8th grade, many Native teens report exposure to substances such as Alcohol, Opium, Marijuana, and other...

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    • Those stats are crazy

    • Substance abuse is a problem for many people around the world. I was really surprised to find out that the Native American population is one of the groups that is greatly affected by it. Some reasons that you said were stress and environment. I have read that genetics could be a possible factor that contributes to substance abuse like alcoholism. Do you think that could be a possibility regarding this situation?

    • i agree that the crisis over substance abuse has become very huge in recent years. The stats that show Native Americans are more adversely affected highlights how urgent we need to deal with this issue. I believe organizations as well as the government itself need to do a lot more to break this self-destructing cycle of addiction and to make sure Natives won’t fall into the same trap.

    • Substance Abuse is a serious problem, we all know that. However, I had no idea how it affected certain groups more than others, especially Native Americans. This was very eye-opening and the stats that the author used were very effective. I don’t think that many people are aware of this issue and it definitely is something that needs attention. Great Job!

    • Dear Toby,
      I was very intrigued by your post, “Substance Abuse,” because it is impressive how much you know and care about this issue and understand the situations and reasons why Native Americans choose drugs and other substances over their well being. Substance abuse is a real problem that I knew about already, but did not realize how bad it was for this ethnic group. The reasons you stated in your post were stress and environment which seem to be the main reason for people to fall into substance abuse. However, since about 30% of Indian households live under the poverty line this might be an issue that can lead them to drug abuse due to the lack of income. This was a very interesting and great post thanks for writing and I’m looking forward to seeing what you write about next.
      -Litzy

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