The “American disease” of drug abuse

2022-05-30 0 By

A U.S. Coast Guard speedboat recently unloaded 32 tons of seized drugs, including cocaine and marijuana, at a port in Florida.It is reported that the drugs could be worth more than $1 billion if they reach the black market.The United States is the world’s largest consumer of drugs.Statistics show that more than 50 million Americans have used drugs or abused psychotropic substances in the past year.The analysis shows that the drug epidemic in The United States is a reflection of the deep social problems and the result of political system, economic interests, social and cultural factors.America’s drug problem is on the rise.Recent data released by the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdose deaths in the United States are growing rapidly.About 104,000 Americans died from drug use between September 2020 and September 2021, compared with 52,000 in 2015.A new study published in the Lancet medical journal predicts that 1.2 million people could die from drug overdoses in the United States over the next 10 years.Some U.S. lawmakers – “across the country will be the legalization of marijuana legislation or will cause a disaster”, leading to the activities of the international drug cartels to legalize the U.S. house of representatives voted through a bill on April 1, the legalization of marijuana across the country, and cancel with or distribute wave of criminal penalties for a long time.Next, the U.S. Senate will consider the bill to vote.The bill faces many obstacles to becoming law, but the move by the House of Representatives represents a crucial step toward legalizing marijuana in the United States.In recent years, the United States has been advancing the legalization and decriminalization of drugs.As of June 2021, 18 U.S. states had legalized non-medical marijuana, and another 13 had reduced criminal penalties for non-medical marijuana.In February 2021, Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of “hard drugs” like heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. Possession of less than 1 gram of heroin or ecstasy and less than 2 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine will no longer be a crime. Instead, it will be subject to a $100 fine or health evaluation.Some drug users moved to Oregon to escape the law.In November 2021, New York City became the first city in the United States to announce a “safe place to consume drugs,” allowing “people to use drugs under the supervision of a professional.”In July 2021, Rhode Island passed a law allowing users to use illegal drugs and drugs in designated facilities and under the guidance of health care workers. In October, Rhode Island announced plans to open the nation’s first “drug injection center.”Massachusetts, California and other states are reportedly considering similar approaches.Health Secretary Patricia Becerra said the federal government would not stand in the way of similar state programs.According to an article published on the website of Forbes magazine, some US lawmakers said “legislation to legalize marijuana nationwide would be a disaster” and lead to the legalization of activities carried out by international drug cartels.Many experts believe that the legalization of marijuana, a more confusing entry level drug, will make it easier for teenagers to obtain and smoke it, making them more likely to become addicted to the drug and causing serious social problems.Kathleen Keyes, associate professor at Columbia University School of Public Health. “It’s hard to reverse the trend of the drug epidemic in the United States.” Because “drug distribution networks and addiction have become part of the community, it’s not going to go away overnight.”According to the CNN article.Kathleen Keyes, an associate professor at Columbia University’s School of Public Health, said “it’s hard to reverse the increase in the drug epidemic in the United States” because “drug distribution networks and addiction have become part of the community, and it’s not going to go away overnight.”She noted that 10 years ago, marijuana for non-medical use was illegal in all 50 states, but that more states now approve individuals’ use of marijuana for “recreational purposes.”In some areas, drug fines are used to reverse drug addiction treatment, and even legalization is used to increase fiscal revenue.According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 31.9 million of the approximately 280 million Americans age 12 and older have used drugs or abused psychotropic substances in the past 30 days, and more than 50 million have used drugs or abused psychotropic substances in the past year.The Wall Street Journal reported that the number of U.S. office workers who tested positive for drugs reached a 20-year high, up more than 8 percent from 2020.Because of the shortage of labor, employers have to lower the standard of medical examination for recruitment, and this phenomenon will remain for a long time.”America’s drug epidemic is deadlier than ever before.”CNN reported that in addition to traditional drugs such as marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, new drugs based on prescription opioids are gaining popularity.The opioid fentanyl was involved in more than 60 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2020, according to the data.The drug epidemic has been fueled by traffickers mixing traditional drugs with fentanyl to create new drugs that are more toxic and harmful.Carol graham, a fellow at the brookings institution, including drug overdoses lead to “death” desperate more and more in the United States, “this is not only the health crisis, or serious social crisis” drug abuse in America bring a series of social problems, such as family crisis, violent crime, intergenerational poverty, racial discrimination is aggravating, children’s psychological trauma, etc.,It has severely impacted American society and become an “American disease” that is difficult to cure.The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has caused unemployment, hardship, trauma and social isolation, and further exacerbated the problem of drug addiction.The United States has spent more than $1 trillion fighting drug crime since 1971, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania.Both the federal and state governments have vowed to crack down on the drug problem, but they have failed to take any concrete steps due to lobbying by various interest groups.The legalization of drugs in the United States gradually deepens, and drug abuse continues unabated.Experts point out that the drug epidemic in the United States is a reflection of deep social problems, the result of political system, economic interests, social and cultural factors.At the institutional level, the federal states of the United States have their own legislative bodies, and the criminal and civil and commercial legislative power basically belongs to the states.The influence of interest groups cannot be underestimated.According to US media reports, large pharmaceutical enterprises in the US have invested a large amount of money, funded some experts and associations to pedalize the “opiates harmless theory”, encouraged pharmacies to vigorously sell, doctors to overprescribe, and promoted the legalization of drugs.Some patients unknowingly become addicted to drugs.More than 20 marijuana businesses spent $4.28 million on lobbying in 2021, according to an Open Secrets website analysis based on public data from the U.S. Senate.Forbes magazine reported that legal marijuana sales in the U.S. hit a record $17.5 billion in 2020, a 46% jump from 2019.”We don’t need to convince people to buy marijuana, we need to convince them to buy it legally,” said Corey Rothschild, vice president of a marijuana business in the United States.American Medical Association Board President Bobby Mukamara called on the U.S. government to take action to change the laws that lead to drug abuse “or more people will die and more families will suffer preventable tragedy.”Brookings Institution researcher Carol Graham noted that “deaths of despair,” including drug overdoses, are increasing in the United States. “It’s not just a health crisis, it’s a serious social crisis.”Washington, April 5 — Li Zhiwei source: People’s Daily