TOPIC: Substance Abuse
NARROWED TOPIC: Synthetic drugs used by the youths
THESIS: The increasing use of new drugs among the youths is a significant public health concern due to the adverse effects of the drugs despite the rising number of emergency room (ER) visits.
TITLE: The New Drugs Affecting the Youth
- Examples of the new (synthetic) drugs used by youths and the implications of each drug.
- Gamma hydroxybutryic acid (GHB)
- Lysergic acid diethylamid (LSD) commonly known as “Acid”
- Synthetic cathinones such as “Molly” or MDMA (Ecstasy)
- History on the trend of (ER) visits due to synthetic drug-related abuse.
- Focusing on the four leading states
- Focusing on the four leading races
- Factors that contribute to drug abuse among the youths.
- Ease of access to synthetic drugs due to unregulated practices
- Availability of drugs that can be tweaked
- At home in medicine cabinets
- Over-the-counter (OTC) purchases
- In learning institutions when undertaking scientific experiments
- Technological advancement
- Peer pressure
- Family problems
- Lack of money to buy the original drugs
- Ignorance of the effects of new drugs
- Existing measures set by the government to control drug abuse among the youths
- Creation of awareness campaigns on substance abuse (and further elaborate on the strengths and the current challenges of the initiative)
- Training of emergency stand by teams at health facilities to help during substance abuse crises
- Specific regulations set in the pharmaceutical industry
- Licensing procedures for drug manufacturing companies
- Permits required by drug distributors
- Procedures to be followed by health facilities in providing alternative treatments to opioid-based pain relievers
- Recommendations to complement existing measures in the fight to save youths from using the new drugs