Drug Trafficking of College Students in United States: Are Parents and Academic Teachers Responsible to Stop It?

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Drug Trafficking of College Students in United States: Are Parents and Academic Teachers responsible to stop it? M. Vanessa Millan
ENG 122: English Composition II
Teresa Plummer
September 3, 2012

Drug Trafficking of College Students in the United States: Are Parents and Academics responsible to stop it?

Drug dealing on college campuses currently presents one of the most challenging problems on the US social and legal agenda. The cases of drug trafficking are serious and require immediate attention from the responsible bodies. The tendency of drug dealings on college campuses is increasing and hazards normal functioning of civil society. Therefore, authorities are taking the drastic actions against drug dealers.

The college’s authorities have focused its efforts on the criminalization of drug use. This authorities in accordance with the government have to no avail, spent countless billions of dollars in efforts to eradicate the supply of drugs in the campuses. Efforts of interdiction and law enforcement have not been met with decreases in the availability of drugs in campuses and the whole country. Apart from being highly costly, drug law enforcement has been counterproductive. Current college drug laws need to be relaxed. The college’s authorities need to shift spending from penalization to education, treatment, and prevention.

Drug trafficking has become an increasingly growing problem at colleges in the United States; today more students are buying, selling and using drugs. Students think this is a fast and very easy way to get money, not knowing all the risks. Are the parents responsible to stop this problem? Or, are the academic teachers responsible to stop it? Who is more responsible? How they can help? What they can do? Which programs will help to really stop this problem? One will say it is the parents responsible to stop this problem. On the other hand people will agree it is the teachers’ responsibility to stop and fight it. The parents will be responsible of drug trafficking between college students. The academics will be also responsible of this drug trafficking at college level. This theory could be accepted in accordance of what Urie Bronfebrenner wrote in his ecological Theory (Bronfebrenner, 1979): “The microsystem consists of our primary daily environment: family, school, neighborhood, religious, and group affiliations. Each of these interactions may range from excellent to poor and thus have a direct impact on the daily development of children”. This theory is showing how all the good and bad behaviors are learned from the students from their families and from their school. In accordance to Bronfebrenner, all the first knowledge we acquire comes from the first circle that surrounds us, and this is form by our family and school. According to the recent National Survey on Drug use and Health research (2010), college campuses experience drug trafficking problems. Surveys report that college students involved in drug trafficking in accordance of the use involved amphetamines (6.5 percent); marijuana (32.3 percent); cocaine (3.7 percent); hallucinogens (7.5 percent); and ecstasy (3.6 percent). In many reported cases, the use of these illicit drugs has resulted in hospitalizations for overdoses, date rape crimes, deaths, and many other personal tragedies. It has being shown one of the main reasons that students don’t use drugs is because of their parents -- because of their positive influence and because they know it would disappoint them. That’s why it is so important that parents build a strong relationship with their kids and talk to them about drug abuse -- the earlier the better, (Davis J. 2001 1st paragraph). The same will apply to the academics, if we go from the fact that the School turns to be the second home and the second place where students spend half of the time in their lives. In this case, academic teachers should have to spend more time talking and...
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