The Drug Use And Abuse Essay

802 Words Sep 8th, 2015 4 Pages
The History of Addiction All manner of substances have been used by Americans throughout our history. Colonial societies and their ancestors relied on creations of natural substances to cure ailments, relieve pain and to provide pleasure. Tobacco users were evident in their enjoyment. Alcoholic drinkers could be found in every saloon, and alcohol was served openly in homes and at social gatherings. Even opium dens of the west coast were well known, and opium could be purchased readily, free from state or federal government controls.
Whether its caffeine, nicotine, or marijuana, or cocaine drugs of choice have defined our history, bringing tragic results for the most part. The problems we see today existed in other forms and with other drugs throughout our history. The reasons for using drugs have also remained constant: to ease pain, alleviate boredom, or to expand our consciousness. Patterns of American drug use and abuse thru out history outlined the cultural, social, and political movements that impacted, or were impacted by, the use of drugs. Unquestionably our nation has had a long relationship with drugs. This bred life into the colonial economy. “Alcohol was a good creature of God. Tobacco was the enchanted herb. And cocaine, it was the miracle drug the 19th century” (Altered States: History of Drug Use In America). Drugs have been a part of America 's history from the beginning. We have benefited from their use, but have never come to terms with their abuse.…

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