A main objective of the Uniform Act is to continue a codified system of drug control initiated with the federal act and the 1970 uniform act. To assure the continued movement of controlled substance between states, while at the same time securing such states against drug diversion from legitimate sources, it becomes critical to approach not only the control of illicit and legitimate traffic in these substances at the national and international levels, but also to approach this problem at the state and local level on a uniform basis. (UCSA)
Society began its moral decline prior to the enactment of the code and it was more or less to the increased transience of illicit drugs and the high incidence of abuse of prescription drugs, which influenced the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State laws to recognize the need for enhancing the uniform act. “Approximately 15 per cent of 10th and 12th graders have used amphetamines. In a study at San Francisco General Hospital, 25 per cent of seizures were found to be caused by amphetamine use. An estimated 1. 8 million (0.
8 per cent) of youth under age twelve or older are current users of Cocaine” (SFGH). “Teen arrestees often test positive for recent drug use” (ADAM). Drug testing found that 66 per cent of underage arrestees tested positive for marijuana. “More than 60 per cent of teen said that drugs were sold, used or kept at their school” (Statistics). There is encouraging news from the national Institute on Drug Abuse, it appears that illicit drug use by teenagers is decreasing. However, the abuse of prescription drugs, especially pain relievers is increasing.
Many teenagers assume that prescription drugs are safe, when in fact they are highly addictive and can cause serious side effects. The current trend relates to how young people perceive drugs. 2 “Underage drinking cost the United States more than $58 billion every year, alcohol kills 6 ? times more teenagers than all other illicit drugs combined. (Statistics). 63 per cent of the youth who drink alcohol say they initially got the alcohol from their own or their friends home. Teenagers whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug
use are 42 per cent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t. Parents must remain cognizant that adolescence is a period of transition and influence, a time in the life of kids when they are still pliable. Vigilance is essential on the attitudes and actions. Coupled with monitoring, parents must devote quality time. There must also be a collective effort. Parents must adhere to the adage: It takes a village to raise a child. Parents must remove the defensive posture when it comes to their children. The village
concept would include; parents, school, church, and government must all continue to herald the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Works Cited Alcohol and drug addi8ction statistics, trends, and cost, 2004, Accessed on line on 10 Sept, 2006, from www. ni-cor. com San Francisco General Hospital study on teen drug abuse, Accessed on line on 10 Sept 2006, from www. sfgh. org The Teen Drug Scene, Diabetes forecast 2003 May 2005, Accessed on line on 10 Sept 2006, from www. findarticles. com Uniform Controlled Substance Act, Accessed on 10 Sept 2006, from www. law. upenn. edu