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Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic]

Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic] | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
Hint: not pot
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According to the CDC’s database, 80,000 drug and alcohol overdoses occurred in 2010. This information depicts the increase of deviant drinking and overuse of prescription drugs. Pharmaceuticals account for the majority of deaths from 1999 through 2010 and are steadily increasing. Out of those 80,000 in 2010, “Nearly three-quarters of the pharmaceuticals deaths are opioid analgesics—prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin.”

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Lisamarie Kolster's comment, April 22, 2014 10:54 AM
The statistics don’t really surprise me in this article. Growing up I lived with two people abuse pharmaceuticals and the thing is, is that they are so easy to get. My mom for example was suffering from depression and got on meds for that then for her high blood pressure and the two couldn’t counter act so they gave her a third to balance the two but the three she was now on made her hair fall out so they gave her the fourth, and with that she couldn’t sleep so they gave her more. I watched her when she’d just feel like her medicine wasn’t working anymore walk into her doctor’s office and he’d just write her more and more prescriptions like it was nothing. Eventually one night she took one too many and fell into a deep sleep and couldn’t wake her up and she had to go to the hospital and get everything out of her system. I think there are more things we should be more concerned about then marijuana. Some people may not agree with it but I’ve never seen any of my friends or family die or even almost die when using marijuana.
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Binge drinking: youth's relationship to alcohol being reshaped by rapid social change

Binge drinking: youth's relationship to alcohol being reshaped by rapid social change | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
What's more important? The interests of the alcohol industry or the health of our children.
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I thought this was a good topic since we are discussing deviant drinking. This article discusses a rapid increase of binge drinking throughout Europe and mainly in Australia. The author discusses the issue as a social problem because young adults and teens are putting their lives at risk by drinking at an excessive rate. Kids are under less supervision now a days more than ever. This lack of control allows kids to do what they please. And in this case, it happens to be binge drinking. “Eighty per cent of alcohol consumption by drinkers aged between 14 and 24 years is done at levels that put them, and others, at immediate and acute risk, not to mention longer-term harms.” This epidemic will negatively affect the future generation if it is not addressed immediately. With easy accessibility to alcohol, social media outlets and advertisements from alcohol industries promoting alcohol, it is inevitable for these kids not to conform to what is now Europe’s socially acceptable norm. Without both informal and formal agents of social control like parents and the government for instance taking this epidemic serious, they are putting their children and economy at an unprecedented risk. 

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Erin Madden's comment, April 14, 2014 12:13 PM
Good analysis! What are some ideas of how European and Australian governments might help reduce binge drinking through kinds of formal social control?
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3 generations of women arrested for shoplifting

3 generations of women arrested for shoplifting | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
Three women from the same family are accused of shoplifting from Walmart.
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Three ladies who were all related to one another were caught shoplifting and using three children as their lookouts from their local Walmart. The lady’s ages ranged from fifty eight, thirty six, and twenty. They were caught with stolen shoes, socks, and blouses which they concealed in purses and in a baby bag. All of which amounted to a total of $440 in stolen goods. Not only did they ruin their futures, but they also put their three kids at risk by utilizing them as their lookouts. This story can relate to the learning theory because shoplifting has been in the family for three generations and by incorporating the young children into the plot, it could potentially further more generations of shoplifters. This absence of norms that the kids are observing and accepting has a significant impact because they possess an attachment bond to the ladies which will result in them accepting these deviant behaviors if not taught otherwise at a young age. 

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Ryley Wyrwitzke's comment, April 1, 2014 10:56 AM
I agree as well. The learning theory is applied because the older of the three probably taught the younger generation and so forth. I believe that the younger two were influenced by a older role model who gave them the wrong idea. This however, is not the first time I have seen a story like this. Back home, there was a trend of parents using their little children (ages about 5 to early teens) to shoplift while they are lookout, or the other way around. Things like this influence them early in life and set them on a track of deviance and crime.
Shayla Neeley's comment, April 3, 2014 12:32 PM
The learning theory is the perfect way to describe this situation. It is sad because the kids probably will go down the same path because that is all they know. I dont think their situation will change much either because they are being taught these values at a young age and they are probably struggling financially as it is and now they are missing three family figures in their lives. It is sad that people teach their kids things like this. I work in retail and we have had several instances where mothers would come in with several kids that would be obnoxious and try to direct our attention towards them so their parents could steal, its sad but the mothers were probably taught the same things when they were younger, its just sad.
Erin Madden's comment, April 3, 2014 1:12 PM
Good connection to learning theory!
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Dad tapes up daughter, locks her in cage

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djeyli | Child Abuse & Endangerment
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This article discusses a man who decided to “discipline” his daughter by tying her up with duct tape and locking her in a dog cage on two separate occasions. After his court trial, Judge Fanon Rucker of Hamilton County court set a $50,000 bail for the father. The defendant’s attorney claimed that the father “didn’t commit a crime, but rather took part in ‘a joke that got out of control.’” Regardless if the father was taking part in a “joke” or actually disciplining his daughter, he humiliated her by allowing his ten-year-old son to upload pictures of his sister taped up and locked in the dog cage. This type of deviant behavior could traumatize the young girl for life and cause her to be socially degraded. 

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Carol Maes's comment, March 10, 2014 1:33 PM
This is a good example of common law deviance. Mostly everyone agrees that child abuse is wrong. A lot of times the abusers are seen by the public as "saints" because they had the act of abuse. Do you think that abusers who a perceived as good people otherwise are reprimanded differently than those who have a poorer social standing?
Melissa Denetdale's comment, March 10, 2014 11:10 PM
I think this case has no borderline in what should be seen as disciplining a minor in one's household. I think there is so much child abuse occurring and very little is given attention. There is a huge gap between the actual crimes and the reported crimes. This goes for nearly every crime out there. Child abuse, neglect, and even living through one's child is definitely seen as deviant behavior. When a case like this is revealed society often asks, "How could someone do that?" This case covers how much parent, whom is suppose to be a child's most important teacher, can and may be dehumanized. I feel that the younger generations of those who are parents are less likely to be more attentive to their children. This is alarming since this is the society my little ones will be encountering. This case of "you should know better" was taken to far. The daughter will no longer trust her father, nor will she look at adults in the same light she once did. Who is to say that this is not the time her father did this? Before this incident, at what other measures did he take to "teach his daughter a lesson"? Deviant behavior does not have to break laws. In this case it did, but we are human and have a conscious that tells us the recipe to be a great example for our children or even just the younger generation. I also would like to question why the father chose to pick on the daughter. If his son did the same thing, would the father take the same steps in discipline towards his son? Society has an era of learned gender roles and I also think this is a classic case of it; "Control the women that is why they are there; Men are the dominant figure and there is nothing you can do about it". Although, this attitude has drastically changed, there are still plenty of people, men in particular, that think less of women and "their role in society".
Erin Madden's comment, March 11, 2014 1:28 PM
Carol, good connection to common law. Most people in society agree that child abuse is wrong, and are glad that there are laws banning this. Most people would consider what the father did as a deviant behavior. It also seems like the father may have been trying to be an agent of social control for his daughter, but crossed the line from "norm-abiding" discipline to deviant discipline, perhaps because of some gender dynamics, like melissa points out.
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Disability hate crime is at its highest level since records began

Disability hate crime is at its highest level since records began | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
The number of recorded incidents of disability hate crime in England and Wales rose in 2011 to 1,788, its highest total since records began. In the same year there were just 523 convictions for the offence. Get the data
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This article discusses how disability hate crimes are steadily increasing throughout Europe. Although this article tackles the issue within Europe, it can easily be assessed that the issue is currently happening within the U.S. as well. For whatever reasons it maybe, disability hate crimes are rising and receiving national attention. This form of crime is viewed as a behavior type of deviance due to the fact that people are harassing and assaulting disabled people. These individuals are acting on their own freewill in order to accomplish their own agenda. Although this is a tragic event, it is comforting to know that there are both formal and informal agents of social control who are tracking and combating the issues. I believe that if measures aren’t taken in order to defeat this growing epidemic, it will continue to rise and worsen due to the influence people have on their peers and younger generation. If this were the case, then there would be a learning theory, which would result in a spread of social disorganization.

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Kayla Streit's comment, February 25, 2014 10:40 AM
This is very disheartening to see that people would stoop this low :P yay for humanity *deadpan*<br>It makes me wonder who is viewed as deviant in this situation? Could the deviant people be the people attacking disabled people or could the deviant people actually be the disabled people? I personally think that these individuals/groups of people view disabled people as being deviant. They're like a subculture. Are there any statistics/information on disability hate crime in the US? It would be interesting to see where we rank on the list.
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Cell Phone Video Contradicts Sheriff's Version of Deputy-Involved Killing - Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC

Cell Phone Video Contradicts Sheriff's Version of Deputy-Involved Killing - Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
CBS 5 – KPHO An Arizona deputy shot and killed a man claiming he was reaching for a gun, but a cell phone video shows the man had raised his hands in the air. However, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu...
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This article depicts the freewill/rationality theories discussed in chapter two. The officer utilized deadly force without a justifiable cause. Even though there were five other officers present on scene, and no immediate sign of deadly force, the officer decided to act on his own freewill resulting in him using deadly force and killing a suspect.  When questioned about the shooting, the Pinal County Sheriff department used objectivism when defending the officer’s choice to use deadly force.

 

 

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An InsidersHealth.com article regarding babies, children and teen health - 20% of U.S. Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs . . . Does Yours? by Sylvia Anderson. If you have a teenager at home, then I don’t need to tell you how difficult it can be at times to keep up with their lives. And you know as well as I do that a LOT has changed since we were teens! Unfortunately it seems many of those changes are for the worse, and the CDC has evidence to back up that sentiment. A recent report indicates that 20% of U.S. teenagers abuse prescription drugs....
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Abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise with US teenagers. A survey conducted by the CDC consisting of 16,460 high school students show that 52% have take prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to them. Among the 52%, 23% were of white students, followed by 17% consisting of Hispanics and 12% being black students. The purpose of this survey was to raise parental awareness and have them intervene as informal agents of social control. This can relate to the learning theory because students can easily influence others to partake in this risk behavior and with peer pressure being so persuasive, students who don’t take prescriptions that are not prescribed to them will likely accept this deviant behavior.

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Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of 'corrective rape' - aimed at 'curing' lesbians

Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of 'corrective rape' - aimed at 'curing' lesbians | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
Mvuleni Fana was walking down a quiet alleyway in Springs – 30 miles east of Johannesburg – on her way home from football practice one evening when four men surrounded her and dragged her back to the football stadium. She recognised her attackers. One by one, the men raped her, beating her unconscious and leaving her for dead.
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This article describes how men in South Africa are acting as informal agents of social control in an attempt to “cure” lesbians of their deviant behaviors by raping them. A Lady named Mvuleni Fana remembers her brutal experience when four men raped and beat her. Before they did so, the last thing she remembers them telling her is "After everything we're going to do to you, you're going to be a real woman, and you're never going to act like this again". This type of “corrective action” is increasing and becoming more violent throughout the homophobic community by men who see lesbians as deviant and “un-African”. This type of community can relate to the sociocultural explanation because the culture influences the male community to be sexually aggressive and rape lesbians and women in an attempt to insert their masculinity and ride them of their “lesbian way”. This culture promotes rape and the article discusses how children “start raping at 14, 15 and take pictures.” This can also relate to the learning theory because children are witnessing these “corrective actions” first hand and are accepting it as a norm. Even though formal agents of social control are in place like courts and police departments for instance. They fail to intervene because their views, morals, and norms have been tainted by this wide spread epidemic that is now socially acceptable. 

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Shayla Neeley's comment, April 8, 2014 2:05 AM
These men are definitely informal agents of social control. In Africa, informal agents of social control rape women to force them out of their sexuality and formal agents of social control imprisons homosexuals (Nigeria). Africa seems to have a lot of norms and values that can not be broken and they are not defined down over the years. It's really crazy how the government and police in the majority areas of Africa lack control over situations like these. You did a really good job connecting to terms from the class, good elaboration!
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Cops Use Traffic Stops To Seize Millions From Drivers Never Charged With A Crime - Auto Balla

Cops Use Traffic Stops To Seize Millions From Drivers Never Charged With A Crime - Auto Balla | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
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I found this article to be very interesting due to the fact that cops are abusing their powers with little to no repercussions. An officer of Humboldt County’s Sheriff Office in rural Nevada, has been accused on two instances where he confiscated over $60,000 in cash and didn’t cite or charge the drivers. This practice is known as “civil forfeiture”. As you read through the article, you will find it appalling to know that this growing epidemic has happened in multiple states and under federal law thirty-seven states are allowed to participate in this heinous act. These formal agents of social control are acting informal by going against America’s constitutional rights and impeding on the peoples’ 4th amendment. I believe this story can relate to the anomie theory because these police departments are able to keep the items “confiscated” and in return fund their departments. I also see this as an internalizing type of social control because the police departments could potentially socialize their officers by making civil forfeiture a norm within their department. 

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Teen visitor to a juvenile detention center takes pot out of pockets for security scanning

Teen visitor to a juvenile detention center takes pot out of pockets for security scanning | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
djeyli | Alcohol & Drugs, Criminal Kids, Jail & Prison
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An Illinois teenager tried to smuggle five bags of marijuana into River Valley Juvenile Detention Center through a security-screening checkpoint. Due to his lack of common sense, he was arrested when the five bags of marijuana were observed after placing them inside of a bin for screening. This article illustrates the self-control and freewill theory discussed in chapter two. The teenager displayed low self-control and acted on his own free will when he decided to attempt to smuggle marijuana into the facility knowing that it is illegal. 

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Deviant Leaders: Falling Hard

Deviant Leaders: Falling Hard | Deviant behavior | Scoop.it
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This article depicts the inequality amongst workers and their superiors. It shows how what may be considered deviant for one person, might not be considered deviant for the next. In this case, employers in higher positions. By society determining what is and isn’t deviant based on the incident or a person’s status, shows how subjective society can be. 

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Erin Madden's comment, February 11, 2014 1:11 PM
Excellent connection to sociological concepts of deviance. People with higher status are more likely to get away with deviant acts. We can also see a little bit of Conflict Theory in here too, no? i also found this interesting "too much power can lead to unconstrained, socially inappropriate and less moral behavior." So, do you also think social status not only leads to less punishment for deviant behavior, but also that having high status can cause deviant behavior?<br>