Illegal drugs abuse is one of the largest and most dangerous problems of the United States of America. There exist many chemical substances, as well as those based on natural components, that can be referred to as drugs. None of the illegal drugs is useful for health, instead, repeated drug use can lead to undesired and often irreversible and even fatal consequences.
The researchers believe the United States is nowadays experiencing the second wave of drug abuse epidemic which started in 1960s with the discovery of some powerful synthetic drugs such as amphetamines and psychedelics. It is important to mention that the first wave of American drug abuse dates back to late 19th-early 20th century when many people used such drugs as heroin, cocaine and morphine.
However, prompt restrictive policies of the U.S. government proved to be effective and the rates of drug abuse went down and by the time of the World War II the cases of drug use by American citizens became extremely rare. Some decades later, though, the problem reappeared, with increased intensity, specific “drug culture” developed in the USA, especially among young people, and the number of drug users started to grow rapidly.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was established in 1973 to stimulate and promote anti-drug laws on the federal level. There exist many different illegal drugs in the world and, in particular, on the territory of the United States of America, all of them are very harmful for physical and psychological health of a person and are very addictive. The most widespread illegal drugs are the following: heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, steroids and different inhalants and club drugs. […]