Running head: Drug Usage and Juvenile Delinquency “Drug Usage as a Major Effect in Juvenile Delinquency. ” Kenneth W. Blevins Jr CJUS310-B03 Abstract The major effect of Juvenile Delinquency is due to the usage of drugs and the inability for the youth to know what type of affects that narcotics have on them. The usage of drugs also has the effectiveness with the youths family problems, either because of the teens usage or the parents constant usage and (or) distribution of narcotics.
As we look further into this research we can find that the youth of today are finding it harder every day to further their lives do to the constant drug usage and the constant delinquent behavior that is provided to them as a way to escape from troubled and miss communicated lives. The usage of narcotics is a severe problem in an adolescent’s life as well as the family of that adolescent. God gives us the way and the light to follow and shows the entire path to seek. If not for God we all would perish. Drug Usage as a Major Effect in Juvenile Delinquency. ” The youth of today are being sucked into the abyss of today’s delinquent society through the usage of illegal narcotics. As the youth begin to use illegal narcotics they find themselves slowly slipping into juvenile delinquency. Juveniles that are involved with illegal substances will start to have a decline in academics the delinquent acts committed by youth offenders are influenced by the usage of narcotics and from the frequent need to supply that addiction of the illegal substances.
According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service “Persistent substance abuse among youth is often accompanied by an array of problems, including academic difficulties, health-related consequences, poor peer relationships, mental health issues, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. There are also significant consequences for family members, the community, and society in general. ” The use of illegal intoxicants has a large barring on the behavior of today’s youth. Due to the fact that the juvenile is unable to ontrol their inabilities, they can and will resort to illegal acts causing the juvenile to become delinquent and involvement with judicial system. These examples give here are just the time of the iceberg. In today’s society the numbers of youth offenders are increasing every day. The adolescents find that they have an escape from home life into a world of self-indulgent and fulfillment in the emptiness of their lives with the usage of narcotics. As the youth begin to fall into the darkness of delinquency; they find that they need to commit crimes to support the habitual use of the illegal substance.
The youth then try to find means that are easiest and quickest way to obtain the finance. They then resort to robbery, larceny, narcotics trafficking and other crimes to find their next fix. According to the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health “The survey reported that in 2002, 11. 5 percent of juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 reported that they currently used illicit drugs. Marijuana was the most frequently used 8. 2 percent of all juveniles, followed by psychotherapeutic drugs 4 percent of all juveniles, and inhalants 1. 2 percent. The percentages between boys and girls aged 12 to 17 varied slightly.
For boys, 12. 3 percent used illicit drugs, while the rate was 10. 9 percent for girls. Boys used marijuana more frequently, with girls more likely to use psychotherapeutic drugs. ” This tells us that not only are they youth experimenting with different narcotics, the illegal substance doesn’t care whether you are male female pre-teen or teenager. While the juveniles conduct themselves in a delinquent fashion, the affect that it has on their family is one that cannot be imagined. The National Criminal Justice Reference Services states “Many aspects of family life are jeopardized, sometimes resulting in family dysfunction.
Siblings and parents are profoundly affected by alcohol- and drug-involved youth (Nowinski, 1990), who often drain family financial and emotional resources (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1992). ” The youth during their reign will cause turmoil in the family, have division among family members and cause the family to be in financial hardship due to the constant judicial contact by the delinquent member and the family. As well as the effectiveness of the youth’s usage of narcotics will affect the family, the opposite is true for the family as well. If a youth is raised in the environment of constant usage and istribution of illegal substances the youth is more likely to fall within the same illegal activities as the family. In Proverbs 11:29 God says to us “Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. ” God is telling us and the youth that if you bring ruin to the family you not only receive nothing from the family, but you will not inherit the kingdom of God as He has promised us. The youth of today not only should find faith in their family and stop the usage of the illegal substances, but they need to find faith in God and that the will always give us the right path to follow.
The usage of the narcotics and the delinquent behavior will always tear the family, but it is God who can bring the family back together. As the youth find that a narcotic is the substance that causes their delinquency, they can find the assistance that is needed to become a contributing member of society. The youth have to ability to disengage themselves from the delinquent hold that they have been placed in. The N. C. J. R. S says “Identifying substance-abusing youth in the juvenile justice system is an important first step for intervening in both their substance abuse and their delinquent behavior.
Drug testing can help youth overcome denial of their behavior, and as a form of intervention can often help them achieve and maintain recovery and curtail other delinquent behaviors. Over time, effective drug identification will help juvenile justice agencies achieve a balanced approach to the problem, including community protection, youth accountability, and development of skills and other competencies among youth that will help them depart the juvenile justice system as more capable and productive members of society (Bazemore and Umbreit, 1994). With the case management system the youth have a starting point to assist them towards the right path. In Colossians 2: 20-23 God says to us “Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! ”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 3 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. ” God is saying as Christians that as we still are in the world why we still do the sinful things of that world. Why do we do things like illegal substances and placing them in the body? He wants us to not follow the worlds sinful indulgent, but to follow the word of God and replace those wrongful indulgent with spiritual ones instead.
Due to the usage of illegal narcotics the youth of today will continue to follow down the path of delinquency. The Officer of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention says “However, among the youth in this sample, the majority who committed crimes did not do so in connection with drugs (Altschuler and Brounstein, 1991). A breakdown of crimes that youth have committed to obtain drugs follows: Drug selling: 36 percent. Serious assault: 24 percent. Burglary: 24 percent. Robbery: 19 percent. ” As the youth progress they increase the percentage of illegal acts just to receive the ability to continue to use illegal substances.
With this is mine the youth of today will be in the dark and unable to function in today’s society without the assistance of proper social capital. Without the right people in the lives of the juveniles, the youth will be lost in society and become more and more engrossed in the illegal activities. With the proper people the youth may find their way to God and to live in His glory. The path to righteousness is the path to enlightenment. The youth can find that enlightenment if they leave their past behind them, remove the illegal substances from their bodies and trust in God and all his glory.
So in conclusion the youth of today are involved in illegal activities due to the usage of substances that have an altering effect on the judgment and complete thought process of the juvenile. These youth need the help of not only teachers, family, friends, authoritarian position or the juvenile justice system, but they also need God to guide them to the path of righteousness. In Mathew 16:24-25 God tells us “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. ” If the youth give up their sinful ways God will show the path to righteousness and as the youth that follow the sinful path of delinquency they will lose their life in God’s kingdom until they decide to follow Him and become the disciples He wants for us. God wants His children to be in the folds of His everlasting love, but until those children disown the sin that holds them to this world, they will never find the path that God shows us every day.
The light that God gives us to lead the way will be dime and unnoticeable until the youth find God in their heart and release the delinquent procurements that they have found. God loves us all and He wants us to live for Him. It is found that most juveniles that are in a delinquent state are also finding themselves furthering their experimentation with illegal substance. Most of the juveniles have family issues that can cause further problematic life style. The youth have also found that in a youth judicial system they can commit more illegal activities and the most time they can serve is a maxim of 21 day in juvenile incarceration.
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