This is a discussion on What's the Real Story Behind the Decline of Cocaine Usage in this Country? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; It appears that we have come full circle with heroin....
It appears that we have come full circle with heroin.
"I do what I do." Cpl 'coach' Bowden, "Southern Comfort".
Don't mean to argue with Sixto because he is much closer to the subject than I will ever be but meth does not seem to be on a decline in rural areas of Tennessee. Last year over 2800"labs" were busted in this state. The new 2 liter bottle method is taking over. Counties, and a few cities, are strapped to pay for the cleanup now that the feds no longer cover the cost. Every week our weekly paper has folks, mostly in their late 20's, 30's, or early 40's listed in the sheriff's arrest reports for meth related crimes.
This is at least what I'm gathering from things as to how they have presented in this thread. I missed mentioning prescription drugs and that seems to be the big thing now, maybe even more so than Meth.
If history is an indicator, it appears that there may be some change in legislation that will make prescription drugs harder to get and when that happens, a move to another drug will happen again.
My view appears to be dated. Thanks Sixto and others for the update.
"For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands." Deuteronomy 16:15
Yes, prescription drugs are abused at a huge rate too. But, at least they are some what controlled both access and quality wise. Often times, once a "patient" is cut off of prescriptions is when then turn to heroin, as it is chemically the same(opiate base) once the body starts processing it. Prescription abuse is nothing new. Its been going on for a long long time. Longer than any of use have been alive I'm sure. But, it is getting more and more well known, everybody knows what Oxycontin is. Slap a name brand on it and put it out there for profit, and its a household name within months.
Meth is still prevalent in the rural areas, as its harder to come by heroin off the major routes. For example, in my area, Heroin is super easy to come by in Dayton and Cincinnati, both are a part of the major shipping artery from Detroit and points west, and continuing into the south east. Indianapolis is in the same soup.
What drives all this? The same things that downfalls every great society throughout history.
"Just blame Sixto"