Survey respondents report whether they have used specific substances ever in their lives lifetimeover the past year, and over the past month also referred to as "current use".
But let's face it, whether you think that America is the greatest country in the world or notyou're probably right. There are many things that make America a great place to live, but there are a number of issues which we face, and will continue to face, that are sending us down a road towards mediocrity and even failure.
In a country where our discourse was once divided, and has now scattered into a spiderweb of varying political thought, we are faced with a great deal of political issues - some more important than others. Addressing these 10 issues specifically would allow the United States to lead by example, and inevitably restore America to what once made it great.
Another Housing Crisis The result of government mismanagement and bad business practices, the sub-prime mortgage crises or the Housing Bubble Burst became the major cause of economic downturn for the United States in and The Federal Reserve has decided to double down on these policies, by spending billions of dollars a month to buy up mortgage backed securities.
Peter Schiff says this is an attempt to re-inflate the bubble that already burst, and could cause another collapse of similar proportions. Marriage Rights Despite supposedly having the support of our current president, very little has been done in the way of legalizing gay marriage in this country.
While this may not appear to be a major issue to everyone, it is a civil rights issue where the United States is well behind the curve.
Marriage is a rightnot a privilege, and should be guaranteed to all consenting adults. It is time for both parties to lay down partisanship, step over bigotry, and get the ball rolling.
The Fourth Amendment is being thrown by the wayside in the name of "security.
It is never irrelevant to quote Benjamin Franklin, when he said"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
A Massive Regulatory Burden Be it the swath of new regulation buried in the Affordable Care Actconsumer choice in light bulbs and toiletsor the legality of drinking raw milkthe regulatory burden in this country is becoming unsustainable.
When kid's lemonade stands are being shut downmen are being imprisoned for holding bible studies in their homeor the conservation of rainwater winds you up in an extensive legal battle, there is something seriously wrong with referring to America as "Land of the Free.
Ending the Drug War There few more morally reprehensible acts which I can think of than the policy of locking nonviolent human beings in cages. It is time for us to end the war on drugs, and return to personal responsibility. There are two ways of looking at, the drug war is either a miserable failure or a great success.
It fails in all the ways alcohol prohibition failed. But it succeeds in being one of the largest and most transparent rackets in the history of American government. To either end, ending the efforts now would have positive effects on the economy and greatly reduce violent crime.
Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same? While Republicans and Democrats often tout very different rhetoric, and pretend to represent vastly different visions of government, both parties have frighteningly similar policies which have contributed to our demise: Unfunded Liabilities Speaking of unfunded liabilities, if we don't do something to change it i.
The Age of Preemptive War In the days of the Vietnam War, young people served as a major vocal opposition to what they saw as an unnecessary war.
For my generation however, war has become white noise. Even more frightening is that the United States is going to war all over the planet without Congressional approval; similarly, many of the wars are fought on invisible fronts through the use of drones and other technology.
The impacts of this may decrease the massive death once associated with war, but blurs the lines between what is acceptable behavior and what are war crimes.
The Collapsing Dollar The dollar today is worth four cents compared to what the Federal Reserve started with in This path is absolutely unsustainable. Economists like Paul Krugman tells us that inflation is a good thing.
However, as Hans-Hermann Hoppe asked:Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world. Illicit Drug Use*. Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In , an estimated million Americans aged 12 or older— percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month.
Around million people are living with HIV in the United States of America (USA). particularly in non-urban areas where previously injecting drugs had not been a significant issue. 6% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States were attributed to injecting drug use and another 3% to male-to-male sexual contact and injecting drug use.
Drug abuse and addiction has been a social problem in America for nearly a century. What may be surprising is that many of these illegal drugs were first introduced by doctors as legal over-the-counter and prescription medications. The United States is plagued with a number of political issues, some more important than others.
Addressing these 10 issues will inevitably restore America to . For more, visit TIME Health. President Obama addressed the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin summit in Atlanta Tuesday, calling further attention to the drug epidemic in America just two weeks after.