How to Properly Address the Drug Problem in the United States

For decades, drug abuse has been a major concern in the United States. In the 1960s, the primary focus was on individuals who were abusing marijuana and hallucinogens. In the 1970s, cocaine flooded the country. Throughout the 1980s, cocaine abuse remained rampant, and by the time the 1990s rolled around, drugs such as ecstasy and crystal meth were hitting the scene. Today, however, while all of these substances are still being abused by Americans, the nation’s substance abuse problem has been dominated by opioids, including drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and...

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