Dig deeper on drug abuse prob­lem

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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