Yahaya Abdulkarim (PhD)


Drug dependence and alcohol consumption can have long-lasting and detrimental effects on the health of both adolescents and adults. Cigarette smoking, for instance, can lead to shortness of breath, hinder lung growth, and cause cardiovascular damage. Excessive alcohol consumption, on the other hand, can result in various health issues such as cancer of the esophagus, heart disease, mouth and throat cancer, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, and stroke. Surprisingly, the government seems indifferent to these concerns, likely due to the economic benefits derived from these substances. Banning cigarettes and alcohol could potentially lead to unemployment and a loss of revenue for both the government and individuals. Another emerging issue is the economic aspect of medicinal cannabis and its impact on public health. These complex issues require careful consideration in public policy. However, the fundamental question that needs to be addressed is whether the government prioritizes economic benefits or the guarantee of public health. The health of citizens is of utmost importance for the development of a nation. The author argues that smokers are more likely to die prematurely, as emphasized by government campaigns aimed at discouraging smoking. However, the lack of political will to shut down industries and disregard the economic consequences poses serious obstacles to effectively preventing drug abuse and alcohol consumption in our society. Unless the government places public health as its top priority, efforts to combat drug abuse are unlikely to achieve the desired objectives.


Drug Abuse, Alcohol, Economy, Public Health, Policy Dilemma.

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