Illicit drugs have always plagued our country and it great citizens; however, we have remained strong through government support and community support groups. We must continue to go forward with strategic planning and development for our citizens and our youth.  Our future must continue to be bright for our citizen with out the hinderance of drugs and the consequences of drug use. Let us explore marijuana and how it has impacted our youth in todays society.  Marijuana use by our youth has been on the uprise since 2013.( https://www.drugabuse.gov) Our youth are starting to use marijuana as young as 12 years of age and the numbers will go lower if we don’t find answers to resolve this.  Are we seeing this issue because most of our youth are populated in the public school system which could give rise to peer pressure or because the laws and penalties aren’t strict enough for those who are selling, and exposing our youth to this powerful drug. I believe our youth have enough on their plate just being an adolescent, compound that with marijuana, what a recipe for disaster.

Since we have the data that suggest that marijuana is being used by children at a young age, we must began to introduce the effects of smoking on their heath and the economic effects as well. There should be a mandatory class educating our youth regarding marijuana and it’s consequences, at the elementary level. This class should be given once every other semester.  The class should outline that marijuana shouldn’t be smoked, eaten or consumed because it isn’t heathy for their body and could stunt their growth. We should also communicate to our youth the importance of getting a career and being a productive member of society, this can’t be achieved if marijuana is consumed because it will be found in their system though drug testing, therefore eliminating them from getting a job or career. I also believe as a special treat to keep them motivated, we should incorporate the help of our local sports players and celebrities. Our Children are drawn to idolize our local “hero”, so we should get them to participate in spreading the news that marijuana and other drugs aren’t heathy. Bringing in local celebrities should only be done by the permission of the parent, because the parents should be the biggest influence in any child’s life.

We must began to start training our youth the moment they are capable of leaning.  This is a critical time were they are very impressionable and susceptible to the wrong influence. I believe this can be done by keeping them involved in community mentoring programs were business owner can teach them to become entrepreneur like my best friend and mentor mike at http://www.livoniatowbybbs.com. This is a crucial step in trying to eliminate the influence of drugs on our youth, because they will have a different outlook of themselves and make better choices. This must be a continuing collaboration of all member of our community: church members, block clubs, mentors, business owner, doctors, lawyers and family.

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Drug have always impacted our communities in a destructive way.  I believe we must all take the time to consider how it has not only impacted our community as a whole but individually as well.  Let’s explore the many ways that drug have effected our community through time.

  • Increased Crime rate
  • Childbirth deformities
  • Causing Unemployment and Layoffs
  • Destruction of family Nucleus
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Depression

We all know that Drugs cause to many problems to list, therefore we must formulate a plan to educate our young and old, regarding the effects of using drugs. The community must become more involved by having rallies, meeting in the neighborhoods, door to door activities, and any activities to educate people on the effects of drugs. The community is our backbone and key to our survival throughout the United States. People make Neighborhoods, Neighborhoods make communities, and communities make up a great nation.

Let’s give a quick example of how drugs can cause an individual to become homeless and also effect society as a hole. If a person becomes so dependent on drugs they can become neglectful in being responsible for paying their bills and most of all their mortgage, consequently they loose everything, including their home. Now, this individual is homeless, addicted  to drug and must seek help. He or she goes to a non-profit organization or community outreach program to seek help. These individuals gets the well deserved treatment or counseling that may help or not. Most programs are subsidized by the government and the american people are taxed for it. Being addicted to drugs can be a vicious cycle not only for the person or people that are addicted but also for the hard working american who are unknowingly taxed for every person who is addicted to drugs and need help from the government. Never believe that an individual with a drug problem will not affect you or the community you live in, it does. It even effects how much you can afford for your family.

My parents always stressed the importance of not using drugs because it would effect me physically and mentally, and it would most definitely cause my demise. While my parent were always looking out for my best interest, nothing could prevent the experience of peer pressure, although, I had a best friend and mentor named Mark B. who I looked up to, kept me focused on becoming an entrepreneur and honing my life skills. I really didn’t have any idle time to get in trouble or use drugs, I was to busy following behind my mentor ( Mark B) and engaging  in after school activities.

Let’s be clear, our community is our best hope in the war against drugs and any other major issue(s) that prevent our people from living a full and productive life.

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