Problem Solving in Downtown Community

Problem Solving in Downtown Community

Problem Solving in Downtown Community

Downtown community just like every other community around the world have got various challenges that can be addressed both at a community level as well as at the national level. The most common problem that faces the community is the case of drug abuse among the youth. Research shows that 30-40 % of the college attending students have resorted to heavy drinking and a lot of smoking hence forcing them to drop out of schools and starts to loiter up in the streets (Li & Smialek, J.(1996).

The community in the recent past has experienced a lot of failed administrative skills since no one has got keen interest on the rampant growth of the youths abusing drugs. Police officers in the country are by far expected to be people who maintain law and order both at the community level and at the national level (Cox, 1995).. Due to the increased number of drug abusers among the youth, there are high chances that getting the addicts in prison won’t solve a problem in the Downtown community but rather device a policy that will help relieve them out of drug abuse.

The move by The University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) is by far an important example which has helped get most of the drug abusers out of the killer behavior. CESAR helps in identifying the kinds of drugs that are commonly abused, how it is used and their side effects when abused. This is a bold move in that most youth fall into drug abuse basing on the influence by their peers and when someone reads on their effects, a reduced number of abusers will be recorded unlike when there is nothing much done on it.

Furthermore, the better means of getting a good number of the youths out of this fast rising pandemic is not only by creating awareness on the effects of drug abuse but also appreciating those who attended and cleared colleges without getting employed as well as encouraging the dropouts to further their studies. Unemployment cases being on the rise in the country demoralizes those pursuing a course on the field and hence that causes them to do what they did not intend to get involved in while in college and that affects their academic performance negatively. The youth education movement on the cases of substance abuse should address the move of making use of personal skills that has been gained while at school to create a self-employment jobs rather than waiting for the few that are offered by the government.

In getting the addicts out of substance abuse, spiritual leaders can be incorporated so as to help not only in guiding on rehabilitation strengths but also help the addicts to understand the importance of living a spiritual life. Spiritual guidance is the key to transforming one’s way of lifestyle and that can help get one out of a bad way of living and makes one have good and adorable morals in the society (Chaskin & Peters, 2000).

A successful campaign that has helped get most youth move out of the substance abuse is one that was conducted in Afghanistan, 2005. A religious campaign was launched nationally to reduce the number of addicts in the post-war country. In the campaign, about 500 Afghan religious leaders had a 2-day sitting discussion on various approaches to combat with that rising case of addiction whereby they resolved that the religious leaders in support with the local Mullah, they had to launch a nationwide preaching on drug demand reduction. If the same move will be incorporated by the Downtown religious leaders, the that will by far reduce the cases of substance abuse in the community and even at the national level (Eck & J, 2014).

The move will be highly boosted if the community realizes the support and the concern from the national government in terms of pumping in funds to strengthen the move. Starting up rehabilitation centers either by the funding from the national government or private rehabilitation centers within the community will help greatly to decrease the cases of substance abuse among the youth and even general public.


Li,L. and Smialek, J.(1996),”Observations on Drug Abuse Deaths in the State of Maryland,” journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 41, No.1,pp.106-109

Cox, F. (1995). Community problem solving: A guide to practice with comments. In

Chaskin RJ, Peters C.(2000)Decision Making and Action at the Neighborhood Level: an Exploration of Mechanisms and Processes. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children.

Eck, J. E. (2014). The Status of Collaborative Problem Solving and Community Problem-Oriented Policing in Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH: School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati.

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