America spends 51 BILLION dollars a YEAR on its WAR on drugs. As of 2014 the number of Americans incarcerated in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,224,400. Pharmaceuticals are PROVEN gateway drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an estimated 80 percent of heroin users started out using prescription pain-killers.
Congressional testimony from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) stated that Americans (despite 5% of the worlds population) consume 80 percent of the pain pills in the world, more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year . Americans spent roughly $1 trillion on illegal substances between 2000 and 2010, a new report compiled for the White House shows. Latest figures place that figure at 200 billion a year.
SIXTY FOUR thousand Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016,, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control.
This comes down to the question WHY. I personally think Americans live in a cruel uncaring society, how else could you explain why Americans allow 45 thousand uninsured fellow citizens to die each year of curable illness. How else could you explain WHY there is one mass murder a day in the US. Why each year on average on its streets 100,000 Americans gun each other down , 37 thousand who will die.
Studies on WHY people use DRUGS aren't what you'd expect.
Rat Park was a study into drug addiction conducted in the late 1970s (and published in 1981) by Canadian psychologist Bruce K. Alexander and his colleagues at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Alexander's hypothesis was that drugs do not cause addiction, and that the apparent addiction to opiate drugs commonly observed in laboratory rats exposed to them is attributable to their living conditions, and not to any addictive property of the drug itself
To test his hypothesis, Alexander built Rat Park, a large housing colony, 200 times the floor area of a standard laboratory cage. ONE half were placed in single, standard cages with each rat being completely isolated. The other half were placed in RAT PARK a giant, specially-built open enclosure that had walls painted to look like woodlands, and cedar shavings and dozens of boxes for the rats to nest and play in, essentially providing everything needed to keep the rats happy. Most significantly, the rats inhabiting this enclosure were able to play, fight, and socially engage with one another. This enclosure became known as “Rat Park.”
The scientist began to offer morphine to both sets of rats, mixing the drug into a sugary water concoction the rats’ taste buds could hardly resist. Cage consumption of the morphine-water was nineteen times higher than that of the Rat Park rats. Despite being freely-available, the morphine-water went largely untouched within Rat Park as the rats preferred their social life and engagement to the drug’s effects.