Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - With Help We Can Get Better

Name: Courtnee Martin
From: Saint Louis, Missouri
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With Help We Can Get Better

With Help We Can Get Better

I believe there are many people in the nation who fall victim to addiction, more specifically nicotine and alcohol. Both of those items are readily available to the public and sold in stores for reasonable prices. Although many acknowledge that smoking and drinking are common addictions, there still are not enough sound restrictions to prohibit those under 18 and 21 from accessing their cravings through another source. Nicotine and alcohol addictions lead to negative consequences, and the most dangerous repercussion is cancer.

Alcoholics and heavy nicotine users are more likely to get mouth, throat, lung and liver cancer. Those substances make us more prone to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and alcohol poisoning. Due to children and teen bodies still undergoing development, they are also more likely to die from smoking and drinking. There are many ways our government and communities can make changes to lessen the risk of people becoming addicted to smoking and alcohol.

One of the first steps towards tighter restriction should be limiting how many are sold in a pack and how many can be purchased in a day. To aid in monitoring consumption, identification cards could be scanned to tell if someone is attempting to purchase excess amounts. Now the next issue is how to help people battling existing addictions.

Although we have Alcoholics and Nicotine Anonymous, I believe we should work to remove the social stigma centered around people who decided to join those groups. It should be admirable that individuals realize they need help, and we should normalize it so others come forth to handle their addiction.

Together alcoholism, tobacco addiction, and nicotine addiction are challenges that we as a nation can stop. We need to fully acknowledge the consequences those substances have on our minds and bodies. We will further succeed in the fight against addiction once society can look past it as an opportunity to capitalize on those who are ill and encourage them to heal instead.

 

 


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