Drug use in our society is a problem. Our society has come up with various solutions to the problem including legalization and rehabilitation. There are benefits and drawbacks to each possible solution to this problem.
The abuse of prescription and street drugs is a global social problem. This is seen by answering the four questions in Section 1.1 of the textbook about how to recognize a social problem. These questions are:
1. Is the issue part of a social pattern, a repeated set of characteristics, behaviors, or events associated with a social institution or influence? Do more than just a few people face these issues?