Dig deeper on drug abuse problem
This letter is in response to the article “Doing Drugs on the Mall Parking Lot in Bay Roberts,” by Terry Roberts, published on Feb 20, 2013.
The alarm the police showed concerning the “brazenness” of the drug activity displayed on Feb. 19 in Bay Roberts is understandable. However, what I see as problematic is the media and police did not express concern about the drug abuse itself, rather, simply the audacity of injecting drugs in the middle of the afternoon.
There has been a noticeable increase in the use of drugs, especially among youth and young adults in the area, and the underlying question is why?
Initially, I figured there is a lack of employment or recreation opportunities for youth in Bay Roberts; boredom and monotony typically leads to experimentation with drugs. I am a university student from Sherwood Park, a small town outside of Edmonton, Alberta, and we too have a drug problem amongst youth.
However, there is an abundance of part-time jobs and recreational opportunities available here, so the aforementioned reasons do not aid in my discussion about the problem in Bay Roberts.
Evidently, it is difficult to identify the direct cause of this problem. Food production and the service industry are the main sources of employment in Bay Roberts, thus making shift-work the norm for its employees. As sociological research shows, family dysfunction often arises in households where parents’ jobs involve shift work; this absence of parental guidance can eventually lead to drug experimentation.
I would be interested in hearing more about the “why” in your future articles, and how we can work to prevent these types of occurrences from happening amongst our country’s youth.
Abbey Preston writes from Sherwood Park, AB