Drugs: Essay Organization

Why are drugs becoming a problem in our society and what are the effects?

The essay below, although it is a problem/solution essay and not an argument essay, still follows the simple 3773 layout.


Present situation: definition / problems

Present situation: solutions

This essay will (Essay thesis, or outline)

Drug abuse is rife in many countries. Billions of dollars are spent internationally preventing drug use, treating addicts, and fighting drug-related crime.Although drugs threaten many societies, their effects can also be combated successfully.

This essay looks at some of the effects of drug use on society, and suggests some solutions to the problem.

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Topic Sentence

Medical effects

Examples 1-2 (Medical)


Examples 1-2 (Crime)

Drug abuse causes multiple problems for countries and communities.The medical and psychological effects are very obvious.

Addicts cannot function as normal members of society. They neglect or abuse their families, and eventually require expensive treatment or hospitalization.

The second effect is on crime.

Huge police resources are needed to fight smuggling and dealing. Criminal gangs and mafia underworlds develop with the money from drugs.

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Topic Sentence


Examples 1-2 (Education)


Example 1 (Police)


Examples 1-2  (Users)


However, the menace of drugs can be fought.Education is the first battle.

Children need to be told at home and in school about drugs. People need to be aware of the effects so that they can make avoid this problem

A second approach is to increase police manpower and powers to stop dealers and to enforce the law.

However the main target should be the user. Families and counselors need to talk to children and people at risk. Parents need to look at their children and help them to become responsible. Jobs are needed to give people a role in society.


Topic Sentence

Summary of essay: problem: solution

Future statement

In conclusion,although the problem of drugs may seem impossible to eliminate, there are concrete steps that can be taken to weaken the hold of drugs on society.

The danger from drugs is too great to ignore. We must act now to save our society.

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