Factors Affecting Health Issue and Population.
This paper focuses on health promotional campaigns aimed at ensuring there is reduced drug prevalence and sustainable community efforts in the elimination of drug abuse and enforcement of drug laws in a community set up. Since this mandate is extensive, there are several political, organizational, environmental and cultural elements affecting this task. On the political front, it is evident that, non-governmental organizations working towards sensitizing the society on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, operate with very minimal external influence (Perry, 1996, p. 1). This means that, such organizations are not subject to any higher body, other than themselves. Partly, this observation is caused by the fact that, the non-governmental organizations are not funded by the government of any affiliate institution. They source funds from partners and well-wishers (Perry, 1996, p. 1). This may hinder the implementation of new strategies in the reduction of drug abuse and alcohol abuse. Another unrelated political issue may be the resistance of drug networks to the health promotional campaigns aimed at sensitizing the society against drug and alcohol abuse. This resistance may manifest in different ways, but beyond doubt, the risk involves a complete sabotage of the health promotional campaign (Perry, 1996, p. 1).
On the cultural front, there may be resistance from various sections of the society regarding the sensitization of the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the community. This may be evidenced because of the role drugs and alcohol play in the society varies from community to community (Victoria Drug Policy Expert Committee, 2000). In some cultures, alcohol is perceived as a means of celebration and a core component of any social gathering. With such cultural considerations, there may be resistance to the health promotional campaign.
On the organizational front, the health promotional campaign may be undermined by existing organizations which profit from the sale of drugs or alcohol (Victoria Drug Policy Expert Committee, 2000). For instance, alcohol manufacturing companies are likely to distance themselves from such health promotional campaigns because they will affect their profit margins. In other times, such companies may understate the severity of health implications associated with excessive alcohol consumption, and therefore, undermine health promotional campaigns (Victoria Drug Policy Expert Committee, 2000).