Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Addiction and The Music that Influences it

Name: Alyssa Adams
From: Edwards, California
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Addiction and The Music that Influences it

In the 1980’s and early 90’s the United States openly declared their war on drugs when the recreational use of them began to rise. Since then we have seen a steady increase in the use of drugs, more so opioid drug use within the last 10 years. Though there are many reasons behind why the use of drugs continues to plague our nations I would argue that within the last 10 years our music industry has played the biggest role with the increase of addiction. If you turn on the radio and listen to any popular hip-hop or rap artists from today one of the many things they discuss is the use to drugs to help alleviate some type of problem they may have, from love to money. In doing so artists often times make it seem as though without the use of drugs they wouldn’t have been able to have made it in or out of the situation they are in. This can be seen in the lyrics from Juice Wrld ft. NBA Youngboy’s song “Bandit”

I don’t need no Molly to be savage
Uh, when I’m on that Molly I feel savage
She the definition of a bad bitch (Stole her)
I’m the definition of a bandit
I don’t need no Molly to be savage
Aye but when I’m on that Molly I feel savage
Aye my girl the definition of a bad bitch, stole her heart
I’m the definition of a bandit

Within that little portion of their lyrics you can see how they are talking about their ability to feel unstoppable while using a popular opioid called Molly, which is known to effect the body and its production of dopamine and serotonin which effects a person’s energy levels, as well as sexual arousal and trust. This is just one example of many songs that discuss the use of drugs to feel unstoppable and make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex.

With the rise in popularity in the use to illegal substances, this has caused issues with individuals being able to obtain and hold a job, as well as cause strained and broken relationships within their lives. This means the inability to have a sustainable and normal life, and with the lack of money coming in and people they can lean often means they succumb to homelessness. For society this means a rise in public health issues and crime. Though the help of the federal government and regulations that can be provided by them I feel as though there would be a significant decrease in the use of drugs, for example the federal government could tax music labels a certain amount based on the records produced that promotes the use of drugs, or even tax radio stations based on the amount of music played that insinuates the use of drugs as well. In doing so that money could go towards providing affordable treatment for addicts seeking it, as well as marketing geared towards showing the effects it has on those who take these drugs. I bet that if steps like this were taken, we would see a decrease in the use of drugs within the next 10 years.

With the lack of affordable treatment facilities for addicts, this often means they succumb to homelessness. I feel as though with the amount of funding the government has put towards their war on drugs, that a major portion of it that isn’t receiving as much attention can be seen in their own front yard. Today my plea with the government would be to tax the record labels based on the amount of music being produced and sold under their name that discusses the use to drugs, and to provide funding to states that would allow those who are seeking treatment to receive it at little to no cost to them.


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