The Drug Problem

Eric Shuford

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. He proclaimed, “America’s  number one public enemy in the United States is drug abuse.” Drugs first surfaced in the United States in the 1800’s. Opium became very popular after the American Civil War. After that, cocaine followed in the 1880’s. The Drug Enforcement Agency was created in 1973 to stop the advancement of drugs. But in 2019, drugs are now in our schools. According to experts, around 13% of people who start smoking pot are teenagers; they begin becoming dependent on it. Teenagers are then  on the road while high. Some studies show that 12th graders who smoke marijuana are 65% more likely to crash their car. Drugs used in schools around the country are:

  • Amphetamines
  • Adderall
  • Opioid painkillers
  • Synthetic marijuana
  • Tranquilizers
  • Cough medicine
  • Vicodin
  • Hallucinogens
  • OxyContin
  • Sedatives
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • LSD
  • Cocaine
  • Ritalin
  • Inhalants
  • Salvia