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Book Bag: This Is Your Country On Drugs

Americans are so addicted to drugs that our government had to declare war on them! This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, a new book by Ryan Grim, explores the unlikely consequences of the so-called War on Drugs. Some examples? Ronald Reagan may have inadvertently caused the crack epidemic. The fastest-growing drug today is a legal hallucinogen you can buy on the Internet. Past antidrug campaigns actually encouraged drug use. And, Americans have stopped using LSD altogether.

In fact the disappearance of LSD, or acid, prompted Grim to research US drug habits. In the book, he writes:

Strolling around Burning Man and being unable to find acid is something like walking into a bar and finding the taps dry.

According to one review of the book, Grim demonstrates how "the American passion for getting high turns enforcement-centered strategies into a vast game of Whack-a-Mole." As government policies target marijuana and cocaine, they end up encouraging the meth trade.

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nancita nancita 6 years
Oh wow I can't wait to read this.
oni1 oni1 6 years
american's don't do lsd? oh please, he just totally lost his credibility.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
i'm pretty liberal... and this book seems like some uber liberal concocted bs... lol iono >shrug<
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
uhhhh i wanna know who told this guy that no one does acid anymore. i know a whole town that does "candy-flipping" as a relative calls it (she goes to college there) where they drop Acid with other various drugs like ecstacy.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Oh man. I am SO making fried eggs for dinner tonight.
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