Our country has a spiritual problem. They think that the solution for money problems, health problems, relationship problems, family problems, or just boredom- is alcohol and drugs. People want to change the way they feel. That is addiction. And when people are using whatever drugs they use- they aren't present and they sure as hell aren't learning anything they will remember the following day.
Not only do I think drug and alcohol addiction in the US is at epidemic levels- I also happen to believe we have millions of addicts in the pipe line and the amount of people privately coping with addiction is far greater than what is reported.
This country is addicted to mood altering substances. Pot, meth, acid, benzos, pain killers, beer, wine, and alcohol. We are a junkie nation. Legal or illegal, it doesn't matter.
No wonder nobody cares about what is going on in this country. Please inhale this chart. Each pill represents one million prescriptions. If you are currently wasted or hungover you can embiggen it by clicking on it.
This chart represents 217 million consciousness altering prescriptions per year. If I divide 217 million people by 12- one prescription per month, I arrive at 18 million people regularly using benzos. How about pot? I personally know at least 20 people who smoke pot once or twice a day. Many of them don't drink. Here are the numbers.
In any case the “fact” of about 15 million regular marijuana users in the US (latest numbers – 2010 – show 17.4 million) are probably on the low end. So let's say 20 million people regularly smoke pot.
I'm going to leave out all of the other illegal drug users which is hard to tally and instead, just focus on alcohol drinkers. Two thirds of our nation's population admit to drinking 1-8 drinks or more per week. So lets add this up.
Click this link for the number of deaths and the billions that binge drinking cost us every year. (PDF) http://www.ajpmonline.org/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE_3854-stamped-081313.pdf
18 million benzo users (I'm leaving out pain killers like vicodin) +20 million pot smokers +200 million drinkers= 238 million people out of 310 million US citizens. That is nearly 80% of our population regularly using some mind altering substances. Obviously children and a couple million people in prisons and jails weren't counted. Wow.
How could Congress with a 9% approval rate, have 94% of both houses re-elected in the 2012 elections?
Because this is who is doing the voting. Mystery solved.