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Current and Past Drug Trends Bradley Jordan 425 July 17, 2010 Dawn Weldon Current and Past Drug Trends The current and past drugs trends in the United States are significant to society. The use of drugs affects citizens across the nation, whether using drugs or not using drugs. The strength of each drug potentially could help people with severe pains, mild pains, psychological problems, and addiction. However, the same drugs could destroy people lives, murder, and create a financial burden for citizens living in United States. As the world turns and times seems difficult, people will use different avenues to promote their product. The American people will encourage drug use in any form of advertisement. People in today's society have accepted this part of history. Past Drug Trends: Marijuana, Amphetamine, Cocaine, LSD, Opiates The history of drugs in United States dates back to the early 1600s with the settlers of Jamestown. Settlers began growing hemp plant or cannabis sativa because of the strong fiber it produced. The plants were so strong that settlers made clothes, sails, and rope. The United States main source of revenue was marijuana, which typically only lasted through the duration of the Civil War. Plantation flourished across the nation in states such as California, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Carolina. ...read more.


In fact, journalist wrote articles claiming that cocaine was not addictive. The media and United States citizens viewed this drug as harmless until crack emerges into the streets in 1985. "Crack cocaine is a free-based form of cocaine made by cooking cocaine powder, water, and baking soda until it forms a solid that can be broken down and sold in individual rocks" ( A Social History of America's Most Popular Drugs 2010). People from poor neighborhoods and working class citizens began using crack cocaine because it was not as expensive as powdered cocaine. LSD Doctor Albert Hofman was a Swiss chemist who accidently discovered LSD. Through his experiments with this substance, he provided samples to psychiatrist at the University of Zurich for more testing. The CIA and the United States Military called LSD the "truth drug". When the prisoners were held captive, LSD was given to them for the purpose of extracting information. "However, after military interest in LSD wane in favor of other drugs, the psychiatric community began to research and issue reports on the drug's possible therapeutic capabilities for psychotic, epileptic, and depressed patient" ( A Social History of America's Most Popular Drugs 2010). LSD was used by rock and roll groups and people of that same culture. Opiates, Opium, and Heroin Opiates were first brought to the United States by Chinese laborers. ...read more.


One out of four deaths in United States is caused by tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs. The burden of those acts cost U.S. citizens 414 billion dollars a year. Movies, advertising, and media programming are some avenues Americans promote drug use. Magazines, newspapers, and billboards are some example advertising. In magazines, prescription drugs are advertised throughout the entire book. Television programs and movie scripts is another way that American encourages drug use and abuse. For example, the movie with Cheech and Chong, the use of marijuana was promoted throughout the whole movie. The comparison between current drugs and past drugs are different. In the 1900s, drugs were smoked, snorted, or injected into the body. The modern drugs in today's society come in the form of a pill or liquid. Drugs that come in the form of a pill are prescribed or over the counter. The risk of going in rough neighborhoods is eliminated. In past situations, people had to go in rough areas to obtain their drugs. Conclusion In the United States of America, drugs from the past and modern drugs are polluting the streets. People of all ages and nationality are doing drugs. Most drugs were put on this earth to help people. If the rules are being broken concerning drugs, then a price has to be paid. If people stay within the guidelines of their medication, then everything will be alright. I strongly suggest that further research is done on this topic. ...read more.

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