As a parent, I will try my best to educate my child about the negative effects of drug addiction to prevent serious damages before its too late. Realizing that my child is smoking marijuana is really alarming. I will immediately call his attention and have a serious talk. I will explain the benefits of smoking marijuana and the negative impact of drug abuse. Indeed, Marijuana or cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in many developed countries because some medical studies have shown that the active ingredient in marijuana might provide some medical benefits in some patients.
Scientific studies have shown that THC increases the appetite. However, for those people who suffer debilitating diseases such as AIDS-related disease, THC has been proven to be effective in maintaining body weight. Marijauna is a very good medicine but can also be deadly if abused. It also causes behavioral change that may drive a person to commit crimes and even lead to suicidal attempt. One of the most saddening aspects of the nature of drug addiction is that by the time an addict realizes he has a problem, that problem has already taken a heavy toll on the family. This is why there are many broken families and abandoned children.
Drug addiction is a probable cause. It is a disease that not only affects the addict himself but also his family and the entire society as well. Drug abuse is a major burden to society. Actually, drug abuse is now the single largest factor in the spread of HIV in the United States. There are many ways to stop drug abuse. First, we must educate the children at home and in school about drugs. They need to understand the effects to prevent them from abusing it. Next, there shuld be an increase in police manpower to stop dealers. Also, the families and counselors should have the initiative to talk to children and people at risk.
Finally, the parents should set as good examples to their children. Of course, they follow what elders do most of the time. Despite of the difficulty in eliminating drug abuse, there are concrete steps that can be taken to weaken the hold of drugs on society. It is now up to us if we would take these steps for a better future and a better society. Reference Deem, R. The Medical “Benefits” of Smoking Marijuana: a Review of the Current Scientific Literature Retrived May 18, 2010 from http://www. godandscience. org/doctrine/medical_marijuana_review. html#9I6BCwfJMb8L