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Unformatted text preview: If we define drugs in a broad way to include substances like aspirin and caffeine then almost everyone is a user. Most people in the United States use drugs to go to sleep, to wake up, to relax, or to ease pain. With such a widespread reliance on chemicals, we might well describe our way of life as a drug culture. However, most people do not define this kind of drug use as a problem because it is so routine; instead, people define the drug problem as the use of illegal drugs. A government survey in 1998 revealed that nearly 14 million people (6% of the population aged twelve and older) had used some illegal drug at least once in the past thirty days. The trend in illegal drug use (as well as alcohol and cigarettes) is downward....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10