Write a Thesis Statment for the Topic Drug Abuse Prevention

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Write 250 words on the following topic
Drugs are becoming more and more common in many countries. What are some of the problems associated with drug abuse, and what are some of the possible solutions?

Intro 3 sentences Problems 7 sentences Solutions 7 sentences Conclusion 3 sentences Total: 20 sentences Intro Present situation 1-2 sentences This essay will look at Topic Problem 1 Example Problem 2 Example Problem 3 Example Summary Topic Solution 1 More Info Solution 2 More Info Solution 3 More Info Summary sentence(s) Future




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     Effect on parents, distress, pain Effect on family (brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, children) Effect on work, productivity, punctuality, career Criminal problems, theft, police resources, smuggling, mafia, underworld, gangs Medical problems, addiction, death, overdose, driving, irrational decisions or behavior, hospitalization, medical resources, treatment, clinics, detoxification, counselling

       Education, schools, awareness, campaigns, choices, advertising Counselling, treatment, advice, confidential, helpline Communication between parents and children, meals, non-judegmental, firm, close, open communication Close family relationships: brothers, sisters, parents Employment, meaningful activity, activities in evenings, Good environment, leisure, sports, friends Expectations

Spend a minute or two making alternatives and finding synonyms or related words for words in the instructions

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Drug abuse = drug addiction Drugs: heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, narcotics, hallucinogenics, marijuana, cannabis, ecstasy, prescription drugs, hard drugs, soft drugs Drug user = addict = victims of drug abuse = users Drugs = illegal substances Smuggling = trafficking Dealing = selling Dealer = pusher Common = widespread, rife, prevalent, ubiquitous Solution = solve Country = societies, nation, communities

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Present situation: definition / problems Present situation: solutions This essay will (Essay outline) Drug abuse is rife in many countries. Billions of dollars are spent internationally preventing drug use, treating addicts, and fighting drug-related crime. Although drugs threaten many societies, their effects can also be combated successfully.

This essay looks at some of the effects of drug use on society, and suggests some solutions to the problem.

Paragraph 2: Problems
Topic Sentence Drug abuse causes multiple problems for countries and communities.

Medical effects Medical Examples 12

The medical and psychological effects are very obvious.

Addicts cannot function as normal members of society. They neglect or abuse their families, and eventually require expensive treatment or hospitalization.

Crime Crime Examples 12

The second effect is on crime. Huge police resources are needed to fight smuggling and dealing. Criminal gangs and mafia underworlds develop with the money from drugs.

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Paragraph 3: Solutions
Topic Sentence Education Education Examples 12 However, the menace of drugs can be fought..

Education is the first battle.

Children need to be told at home and in school about drugs. People need to be aware of the effects so that they can make avoid this problem

Police Example 1

A second approach is to increase police manpower and powers to stop dealers and to enforce the law.


However the main target should be the user.

User example 1 Example 2

Families and counselors need to talk to children and people at risk. Parents need to look at their children and help them to become responsible. Jobs are needed to give people a role in society.

Topic Sentence Summary of essay: problem: solution In...
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