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The History of Drugs. Post World War II. One of the biggest issues in the US is the trafficking of illegal drugs. Prior to WWII, drugs remained for people on the “fringe” of society Prohibition/ Gangster/Mob violence. Shift in attitude…. Beatniks-Reefer Madness-Film Noir Counter culture

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The history of drugs

The History of Drugs


Post world war ii

Post World War II

  • One of the biggest issues in the US is the trafficking of illegal drugs.

  • Prior to WWII, drugs remained for people on the “fringe” of society

  • Prohibition/ Gangster/Mob violence


Shift in attitude

Shift in attitude…

  • Beatniks-Reefer Madness-Film Noir

  • Counter culture

  • Vietnam War..soldiers bring home drugs

    • Share with family/friends

      • Drugs hit younger generation


A shift in drugs

A shift in drugs…

  • Alcohol and Marijuana

  • In the 1960’s and 1970’s, more hallucinogenic drugs..heroin, LSD

  • Musicians/Flower children-Drug generation


Another shift

Another Shift

  • 1970’s/80’s the country is introduced to cocaine

    • Nightclubs

    • Sexual revolution

    • Cocaine associated with higher society b/c of cost

      • 1980’s Crack is introduced –cost less, more addictive

      • Attack on urban areas

      • “War on Drugs”


More recent shift

More recent Shift

  • 1990’s-2000-

    • Prescription drugs

    • Heroin reappears

    • X/Date Rape Drugs/Raves

    • Oxycotin

    • Meth


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