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This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America | [Ryan Grim]

This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

Past antidrug campaigns actually encouraged drug use. A few years ago, America stopped dropping acid altogether. The meth epidemic peaked a long, long time ago. NAFTA opened the border and created a bonanza for cocaine and meth traffickers just as President Clinton knew it would. President Reagan may have inadvertently caused the crack epidemic. Kids today are doing fewer illegal drugs than kids from any time in the recent past, and for a surprising reason.
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Past antidrug campaigns actually encouraged drug use. A few years ago, America stopped dropping acid altogether. The meth epidemic peaked a long, long time ago. NAFTA opened the border and created a bonanza for cocaine and meth traffickers just as President Clinton knew it would. President Reagan may have inadvertently caused the crack epidemic. Kids today are doing fewer illegal drugs than kids from any time in the recent past, and for a surprising reason. The fastest-growing drug in America is a legal hallucinogen you can buy on the Internet.

©2009 Ryan Grim; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-28-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-28-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A good book but...."

    I thought there'd be more on the history of each drug. Instead though, it seemed more like a promo to do drugs. It was good and I did enjoy learning about some of the different drugs during the different generations but it could have been much better.

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    anonymous MAPLEWOOD, MN, United States 07-23-11
    anonymous MAPLEWOOD, MN, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "On the Current State of Chemical Consciousness-Adj"

    This a-book is on the current state of chemical consciousness-adjustment in America today. I doesn't give exteneded histories on individual drugs but I does go into the early 20th century political and social fights to ban narcotics. It also goes into current unregulated drugs such as salvia and ayahuasca. I have years ago experimented with some mild drugs so this a-book was an eye-opener for me. I particularily liked the chapter on the wild west of synthetic chemical concoctions people put together in thier labs and how the authorities are always many steps behind. This book helped me appreciate how prohibition seems to be a losing proposition but the alternative doesn't look any more appealing. Good stuff even when listened to sober!

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    Trash man Tokyo, Japan 03-19-13
    Trash man Tokyo, Japan 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this. It's very informative and enlightening about America's relationship with illegal drugs.


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    I thought his descriptions of the various hallucinogens that people were very accurate.


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    The narrator sounded a little older than the writer, so whenever the book dropped into first person accounts, it sounded a little strange.

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