Need help with my writing homework on Community Health: Health Promotion or Health Education Intervention. Write a 2500 word paper answering; Today, there is a shift to the abuse of prescription drugs. These include opiates, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics and other drugs used in mental disorders (MacKinnon et al. 164). This paper will elaborate the development of a health promotion intervention that is aimed at tackling drug abuse in Wichita.
Wichita is one of the most affluent cities in Kansas State due to its economic growth. This economic growth is attributed to industrialization and urbanization of the city. Despite this flourishing economy, Wichita serves as a prime drug consumer market, as well as a drug trafficking hub. Drugs from Mexico and other towns easily access this town through the Southwest Border. The drugs are then distributed in the town by various street gangs to teenagers as well as adults. The drug mafias smuggle the drugs into Wichita using the national highway and distribute them using a network of street gangs (Transformation Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre [further on, TDATC]).
The city’s nightlife and risk behavior among the residents has predisposed the town to drug trafficking. Wichita city has various night-clubs and discos which serve as a lucrative market for the sale of drugs. In 2009, the USA National Survey on Drug use and Human Health estimated that about 18% of the residents in Wichita engaged in substance abuse. This figure was higher than the national figure which the NSDHH estimated to be at 8.87% (TDATC). According to the local police, the majority of crimes and deaths in the city are attributed to drug trafficking cases. It is also reported that death rate associated with drug abuse in Wichita is higher than the national average. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the drugs are easily smuggled and distributed in the city. In addition, there are many illicit methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories distributed in the city.
The drugs which are mostly abused include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.