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Old 03-10-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center

Cocaine, Depressants, Drugs, Hallucinogens, Heroin, Marijuana, Narcotics, Opium, Stimulants, Fast Food, Shopping .... Americans cannot have enough. Do happy people/society need so many drugs and why? Is mushrooming drug consumption a mere result of urbanization with all its alienation, isolation, rat race, perpetual insecurity an so on or there is something uniquely American about it?
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Because we are rich and can afford to. What's the point of becoming rich, if you're not going to use your wealth for your pleasure?
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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Because we are rich and can afford to.
Who are we? Inner city folks or rural folks hooked on meth?
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Americans love everything what is easy. Things that take the least effort. Things that make feel good. When comes to a little suffering because of pain – a quick fix is appreciated. Quick fix feels good? Let’s try something that lasts little longer. People are seeking meds/drugs for every little discomfort. Emergency rooms are overcrowded with minor issues. People are encouraged to take a pill for everything. Doctors are writing Rx without any consideration for the side effects.
And why would they? Is a great business for everyone: doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, counselors, psych wards etc. Many people have just a weak will to work on things, put their mind to it. Stop smoking – get a patch. Overweight – try a pill. Feeling little down – take a happy pill. Everything else like self-discipline is just too hard to try. Most of the time people have pretty easy access to such things.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat...elds/2086.html

world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center

Cocaine, Depressants, Drugs, Hallucinogens, Heroin, Marijuana, Narcotics, Opium, Stimulants, Fast Food, Shopping .... Americans cannot have enough. Do happy people/society need so many drugs and why? Is mushrooming drug consumption a mere result of urbanization with all its alienation, isolation, rat race, perpetual insecurity an so on or there is something uniquely American about it?
Prohibition mentality causes it.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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what is a sham is the US government's war on drugs all in the name of "protecting the public from themselves" while the taxes from tobacco & alcohol fill the government's coffers. hypocrisy at it's best imo. here are a few thoughts on the subject that i recently found:

Lies About Marijuana Drive People to a Much More Harmful Drug -- Booze | Drugs | AlterNet

How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory | Drugs | AlterNet
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Sure the US is rich, but the gap between rich and poor is huge, and wealthy lifestyles are glorified all over the place in this country. Even the poorest person in this country knows how the richest live and is very aware of what they are missing.

So, if it is painfully clear to you that you are going nowhere in life and your best shot at happiness is a teener of coke, why not?

Not surprisingly, the biggest consumer demographic for drugs are the poor.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Sure the US is rich, but the gap between rich and poor is huge,

Not surprisingly, the biggest consumer demographic for drugs are the poor.

Anyone in the world rich enough to own an automobile is rich enough to use drugs. So is anyone rich enough to eat junk food, or rich enough to pay retail for clothing, or rich enough to have a phone, or rich enough to have running water in their house. There are no poor Americans.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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If anyone in my High School was an under-cover cop, there'd be at least 75 people caught with drugs, buying drugs, and I'd almost assume 90% of the people here smoke weed, smoke, drink etc.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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If anyone in my High School was an under-cover cop, there'd be at least 75 people caught with drugs, buying drugs, and I'd almost assume 90% of the people here smoke weed, smoke, drink etc.
It is not a smart idea to DARE kids IMHO. That is the result.
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