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The Countercultures Influence on Drug Use Today. By: Teria Smith. Background Information.

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background information
Background Information
  • Counterculture is an era starting in the 1960s used to define a cultural event where norms were deviated against and people dared to be different. This was the rock and roll era and during their parties and concerts, people began to use different drugs as a get away instead of what it was prescribed for, homosexuals were more accepted, interracial marriages, etc.
research question
Research question
  • How has the counterculture of the 1960s relate to the many addictions and drug overdoses in today’s society?
thesis statement
Thesis statement
  • As counterculture influence escalates, drugs are almost seen as a rite of passage and everyone has at least tried one thing or another, eventually leading to new drugs or the abuse of those drugs
support evidence
Support/evidence
  • This book demonstrates how the drug marijuana progressed into crack after a 20 year expansion. It shows how just one period in time where drugs became extremely popular turned into a drug that is extremely harmful. She says that people do not even realize what they are doing to themselves; they just want to be high all of the time. She says that crack became more known in the 1980s.

Aucker, Caroline J. How Crack Found a Niche in the American Ghetto: The Historical Epidemiology of Drug-Related Harm. The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010.

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Support/evidence

Kent, Ryan. “There were drugs at Woodstock?!.” May 2000. http://www.lehigh.edu/~ineng/jac/jac-ryan4.htm (accessed Feb. 28, 2012).

  • This website says that teens basically ran wild and there was a massive use of drugs. They would do whatever they could to get high. It says that asking people to join to smoke is a way to clear the air or break the ice. It even forms a bond between everyone. It also states how around 1969 the first drug overdoses began to occur. This counterculture was only the start of what drugs have become today.
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Support/evidence
  • This book highlights the drug LSD and how the medical community was warned about it in 1962. It was a little too late because LSD had arrived in the United States in 1949. LSD’s initial purpose was to cure neuroses and alcoholism as well as enhance creativity, but that purpose soon changed. It was beginning to be used for casual reasons and became harmful to patients using the drugs, thus considered dangerous.

Novak, Steven J. LSD before Leary: Sidney Cohen’s Critique of 1950s Psychedelic Drug Research. Isis. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1997.

reason for choosing topic
Reason for choosing topic
  • I chose this topic because people die everyday from drug overdoses and I wanted to trace back to see where these drugs first became socially accepted and extremely popular.
what did i learn
What did I learn
  • I learned that during the counterculture era drugs became very popular and new drugs were introduced and abused. I learned that counterculture is not to blame for the many drug addictions and overdoses that happen in today’s society, but it can help explain drug use now.
significance to history
Significance to history
  • This is significant to history because it shows the exact time period when drug use went rampant and how it has evolved over time.
works cited
Works cited
  • Aucker, Caroline J. How Crack Found a Niche in the American Ghetto: The Historical Epidemiology of Drug-Related Harm. The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010.
  • Huff, Ethan. “Timeline of Celebrities Killed by Big Pharma.” 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2012
  • Kaplan, University. “Marijuana – The Counter-Culture Drug Used as Medicine.” 08 Aug. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2012.
  • Novak, Steven J. LSD before Leary: Sidney Cohen’s Critique of 1950s Psychedelic Drug Research. Isis. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1997.
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