Current and Past Drugs

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Current and Past Drug Trends

Bradley Jordan


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. Marijuana use grew rapidly throughout the U.S. between the years of 1850 and 1937. This particular drug was available at pharmacies or could be purchased from general stores. “The increasing use of marijuana by mainstream white American help lead to the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, under which mandatory penalties for drug offenses were repealed by congress and marijuana was categorized separately from other narcotics”( A Social History of American’s Most Popular Drugs 2010). Although marijuana was considered an illegal substance, the government still allowed doctors or physicians to use it as medicine. For example, if a person was suffering from pain, nausea, cancer, muscle spasm, or symptoms of AIDs, then the doctor could prescribe marijuana as medicine.

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        The drug Amphetamine was introduced in 1887. This particular substance became popular in the 1920s. Doctors and war physicians would prescribe amphetamines to soldiers or people for endurance, combat fatigue, raise blood pressure, stimulate the central nervous system, enlarge nasal passages, and depression. The abuse of amphetamines began in the 1930s, when it was sold over the counter as an inhaler under the name Benzedrine. “Common users of illicit amphetamines included truck drivers on long commutes and athletes looking for better performance” (A Social History of America’s Most Popular Drugs 2010). Students who were attending school gave the drug ...

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