Drug Abuse: Vocabulary

Why do you think drug abuse is becoming more of a problem in our society?

The first step in writing an essay is to think about the vocabulary. Let’s try it with the question above.

Spend a minute or two making alternatives and finding synonyms or related words for words in the instructions

  • Drug abuse = drug addiction, misuse, habit
  • Drugs = heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana, cannabis, ecstasy, prescription drugs, hard drugs, recreational drugs, soft drugs, illegal substances
  • Drug user = addict = victims of drug abuse = users
  • Drugs = illegal substances
  • Smuggling = trafficking
  • Dealing = selling, pushing,
  • Dealer = pusher, trafficker
  • Common = widespread, rife, prevalent, ubiquitous
  • Solution = solve
  • Society = country, nation, communities, modern world
  • Problem = concern, worry, fear, cause of anxiety
  • Becoming = developing, happening, occurring, prevalent, widespread, increasing, growing, affecting us all

What do you want to do now?

You can find another essay on this topic and many other problem/solution essays at the Abu Dhabi Men’s College website http://www.admc.hct.ac.ae/hd1/english/probsoln/index.htm