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September 29, 2022

 

The Dangers of Juul

The rationale for this presentation is to discuss the dangers of juul and how juul impacts teens. Teens are becoming addictive to juul because of the amount of nicotine found in it. I felt that bringing awareness to the dangers of juul could alter the usage of juul amongst teens. Nicotine is the addictive drug in cigarettes that gets people hooked. It causes a rush of dopamine and can lead to increased anxiety. Thirty-five percent of teens who try cigarettes go on to smoke as adults. As you can see, juul contains so much nicotine that it jeopardizes teens’ lifestyle in the present and the future. Grasping people’s attention on this aspect can allow people to take action to minimize the amount of juul in marketing.

Not only can juul impact the health of a teenager, however can impact the outlooks of their home. For instance, a honor-roll student’s parents became concerned when his grades slid and he lost interest in sports and hobbies. This fourteen-year-old freshman on track towards his dreams now lash out at his parents in explosive anger. This could happen to thousands of teens’ homes which means it is up to our community to minimize the access to jails in nearby delis and supermarkets. Please check out my blog for more information on the horror of juul and how it endangers the life of teens.

https://freshpod.home.blog


The Corruption; Juuls

Juuling is an epidemic that has taken over NYC, effecting our teenagers like a tsunami. The presentation below presents the dangers of juuling and how it effects teenagers at specific ages. This video alerts our community on the destruction juuls can cause to one’s physical and mental health.

Many may not be aware of the destruction that these tiny e-cigs carry. Many may not be aware of this information, but one juul contains the same amount of nicotine as 1-2 packs of cigarettes. These juuls contain toxins ranging from random chunks of lead to nicotine. Juuls are like magnets, attracting unaware teenagers to the idea of releasing pain or even being cool. I chose to advocate for the prevention of e-cigs because adolescents are blinded to the harm juuls are loaded with. These juuls can spiral one into a dysfunctional life style and harm people other than themselves. Not only do these juuls harm one’s physicality, it deteriorates one’s mentality. So allowing myself to be a bystander of the death of several young teens who are unaware of the consequences of their actions thwarts the movement to change our community. Juuls corrupt our teens, it is our job to alert those who are uneducated. We can simply change our community with communication and education. So watch my presentation and follow our blog to join our movement to expand this movement!

https://youtu.be/6ZVAUWLC9zQ

Injustices of United States’ War on Drugs.

The war on drugs, the supposed “public enemy number one”, established under the Nixon administration and intensified under Reagan has been a colossal failure. The logic behind the war on drugs was if you eliminate the drugs you eliminate drug addiction and drug related crime. This was not the case. Instead the war on drugs increased prison populations of drug offender, worsened racial imbalance in America, and increase crimes related to illegal drug production all at the cost of an estimated one trillion dollars since 1971. 

Americans make up twenty five percent of the world’s incarcerated population. Fifty percent of which are non-violent drug offenders and while african americans only makeup thirteen percent of the American population they makeup forty percent of the incarcerated population. A large contributor to the disproportional population in U.S prisons was the crack down on crack cocaine. Crack cocaine is a cheaper and easier alternative to cocaine which made it prevalent in poor inner city communities that are generally populated by minorities while cocaine was more common in richer areas outside the city. Despite their nearly identical molecular makeup the sentence for possession of one gram of crack was equal to eighteen grams of cocaine. It is policies like this that unfairly target black and hispanic populations.

Though the war on drugs did decrease American drug production however the nature of economic only helped foreign cartels. The crime related to drug production and trafficking increased and worsened when the market was moved to Mexican cartels. The amount of deaths caused by overdose has increased from 20,000 to 64,000 since the nineties. This doesn’t even account for deaths outside of the United States or drug related deaths not caused by overdose.

The War on drugs may be the worse modern social injustice enacted by the American government, that fact that it was continues even worsens its crimes. Contrary to the large amount of drug related deaths and arrests occurring in the U.S other countries have begun to learn how to address the real nature of drug abuse. Amsterdam established needle exchange locations that greatly reduced the spread of HIV and allowed addicts to seek treatment without fear of jail time. In the face of rising HIV cases Portugal decriminalized possession of LSD, heroin, marijuana, and other street drugs. The war on drugs created a huge imbalance in America that we will spend years fixing however there appears to be a silver lining occuring around the world concerning drug use.


What are the rates of death affected by drug use?

I am actually not very educated on this topic. I know that there are thousands of deaths each year due to the access of hard drugs that people use each day. These drugs include heroin, cocaine, meth, etc. Many of these people are homeless and don’t have any other way of living but to use these drugs. Their bodies are so dependent on their drug that they will never be able to stop without the proper help they need.

I want to know ways we can prevent these deaths because these people need help. I want to know the average cost of these drugs because many of them are homeless and cannot pay for an apartment or any sort of household. Lastly, I want to know how many people die from these drugs each year and which drug is used the most.

“Among those who reported using opioids in the past year, prescription drugs were the most common type used, Enomoto said. An estimated 3.8 million people in the U.S. currently misuse prescription pain relievers, according to the report. An estimated 830,000 people in the U.S. used heroin in 2015, Enomoto said — more than double the number from 2002. She noted that there was a slight decrease, however, in heroin use from 2014 to 2015, but it was not statistically significant (meaning it could have been due to chance). In addition, nearly 300,000 people knowingly used the drug fentanyl in the past year, Enomoto said. Fentanyl is a prescription painkiller that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and is often linked to fatal overdoses. In many cases, people who use heroin may unknowingly use fentanyl, because heroin may be laced with fentanyl.” Nearly 21 million Americans face difficulties with these drugs and the age starts around twelve years old. “These prevention programs work to boost protective factors and eliminate or reduce risk factors for drug use. The programs are designed for various ages and can be designed for individual or group settings, such as the school and home. There are three types of programs:

  • Universal programs address risk and protective factors common to all children in a given setting, such as a school or community.
  • Selective programs target groups of children and teens who have factors that put them at increased risk of drug use.
  • Indicated programs are designed for youth who have already begun using drugs.”

There are ways to prevent drug use and we need to act on it fast to help those who are already affected and to help those who are struggling to stop.

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/druguse/