Review the list of major historical events listed below and select one to examine for this assignment.
1. The Pure Food and Drug Act
2. The Harrison Act
4. End of Prohibition
5. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act
Write a 750-1,050-word paper about the selected historical event. Include the following in your presentation:
1. A description of the event
2. The history of the law(s) related to the drug
3. The impact of the drug on society to include how the legal status of the drug has impacted society
4. A description of how an understanding of the history and legality of the drug from the event has impacted the counseling profession
5. A minimum of two scholarly references
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This assignment meets the following NASAC Standards:
2) Appreciate the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors that characterize individuals and their living environments.
3) Describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, on the consumer and significant others.
14) Be familiar with medical and pharmaceutical resources in the treatment of addictive disease and other substance-related disorders.
103) Describe warning signs, symptoms, and the course of addictions.
Selected Event: Prohibition.
Prohibition was the time in the United States from 1920 to 1933 when the manufacturing, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages were forbidden by the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 18th Amendment, ratified in 1919, was enacted in response to growing public concern about the harmful effects of alcohol on society, such as increased crime, domestic violence, and corruption.
The temperance movement, which sought to decrease or abolish alcohol consumption, has been active in the United States since the early nineteenth century. The campaign gained traction in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, eventually contributing to the enactment of the 18th Amendment. Despite the temperance movement’s efforts, alcohol drinking remained prevalent, fueling the proliferation of illegal speakeasies and organized crime.
Prohibition had a profound impact on American society, both in terms of efficacy in reducing alcohol consumption and unexpected repercussions. On the one hand, Prohibition reduced alcohol consumption and related issues such as domestic violence and alcoholism. The law, on the other hand, was widely disregarded and difficult to execute, resulting in the emergence of organized crime and the spread of corruption. Furthermore, the illicit alcohol trade resulted in the creation of toxic and lethal bootleg liquor, which caused widespread illness and death.
Understanding the History and Legality of Alcohol During Prohibition: Understanding the history and legality of alcohol during Prohibition has had a long-lasting impact on the counselling profession. Prohibition’s failures and unexpected consequences, including as the emergence of organized crime and the spread of corruption, has led to a deeper recognition of the need of treating substance misuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. This has influenced the development of evidence-based methods for substance abuse therapy, such as the use of harm reduction strategies, as well as the understanding of the significance of addressing the underlying social, psychological, and economic issues that contribute to substance misuse.