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Global Issues in Drugs and Addiction

Posted on :  January 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The United Nations meets on a regular basis to discuss issues that are occurring around the world. Due to the global problems surrounding narcotics, crime, and addiction, the global organization developed a Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The commission created resolutions to address the problems that are occurring all over the world regarding drugs and the necessary treatments.

One of the first things the commission decided was the prison does not curb the problem. Instead of punishing people for the debilitation effects of addictive substances, health departments around the world need to look at humanitarian ways to address the problem. Prevention is more helpful that penalization, especially when dealing with diseases of the brain, which is what addiction really is. National health departments need to recognize this and develop ways to help people avoid addictive substances in the first place.

The commission also realized that it is vital to reduce the supply and demand for illicit drugs. The problem with buying and selling drugs also involves money laundering, so this is another issue that the commission discussed. The commission recognized that the market for cocaine has shrunk because nations cooperate with each other to reduce the cross-border sales. The same cooperation needs to happen in the opium trade. Unfortunately, poppy farming has grown and there are several new substances that have been created. These synthetic substances have grown in popularity with both buyers and sellers.

The key to success for reducing addiction to narcotics like heroin and prescription medications is designing solutions that involve compassion for the addicts. If the problem is not solved, societal problems that cause harm to individuals who are both taking drugs and not taking drugs will continue to increase. Being compassionate sounds like a great way to handle the problem, but will it really be carried out by nations both in and out of the United Nations. Society as a whole needs to deal with this problem, especially since the infrastructure of the drug trade crosses so many borders. When countries load their prisons with criminals who are addicted to drugs wastes dollars and time that could be spent on true criminals, no country has solved its drug problem by incarcerating addicts. Instead, countries should work with clinics and health departments to find healthy ways to manage the problem and eventually put an end to it. When the United Nations can create a realistic solution, the drug problem that has spread all over the world could be contained.

One of the best ways to curb addiction is to make it easier for addicts to access addiction treatment, like the kind of treatment offered by Towards Recovery Clinics. The compassionate and effective methadone clinic helps addicts fight their addictions and return to a healthy lifestyle free of opioid addictions. The United Nations needs to work with the second and third world nations that grow and process the opioids so they discontinue selling them to their people and to those in the first world nations. When countries, all over the world work together to improve the lives of the majority of the population, then opioid addiction can end. Illegal drug trade must be contained and addicts need to be treated kindly to help them recover successfully rather than shunning them from society.

Communities that rely on the drug trade to make money should be encouraged to grow other crops. Instead of feeding addiction, those communities could help feed people. They could help reach the United Nations’ goal of obliterating hunger and poverty instead of growing crops that create addiction and crime all over the world. The slight shift in farming could change the way the world works.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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