Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Junkie America

Late last night I stumbled onto a chart because I was trying to solve a mystery. Many of the people I am talking to online are evidently clueless about the FED and QE, our government, (spying and what constitutes treason) politics, and current events. They are apathetic. They just don't care. A lot of their ideas- that we live in a democracy with free markets are completely half baked. Then it hit me. Maybe the people I am talking to are half baked. So I went hunting.

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)

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.

Gallup Alcohol Consumption Measures -- Recent Trend

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.


Dean L said...

Thanks Brian. Great post about an important issue. You hit the nail on the head saying it is a spiritual issue. Religious or not, this problem comes down to not having the courage or belief in yourself, or a greater power to solve problems. Salvation does not come in a pill. I will be linking to this post shortly.

Anonymous said...

Hey Brian, will you please stop writing about these kinds of issues. My therapist told me that your profound intellectual insight is causing an adverse reaction to my perscription medication/alcohol addiction. Now that sums up the average fucked up american. Blame everyone except themselves, drink and medicate to help forget what a sad sack of shit they really are. Then hire a therapist or M.D. as an enabler to continue the self destructive behavior. There I fixed for you.

Brian said...

I might not be Huffpo by gawd, but I have the best readers! Thanks for stopping by youse guys.

Anonymous said...

"anynomous" - ridiculous comment...You're a real tough guy who's never had a mental problem. Congratulations, you now have the right to insult people and swing your dick in their face...fucking idiot

Anonymous said...

Look like we have another let's lash out because someone outted me as a mental defective. Go have a drink and cry to your Therapist. Everyone has issues, it's how you deal with them. Humor is a healthy way of dealing with stress. Pills and booze are the way mentally defective people deal with life. Get it ? I'AM SURE YOU DO.

Jim at Asylum Watch said...

Your 238 million number may be overstating your case due to overlap of drug an alcohol users, but your point is still valid. Couple that with epedimic stupidity and it is no wonder this country is so screwed up.

Brian said...

You of course are correct. No way to estimate that fig....these figs are pretty damn loose as it is.

Anonymous said...

You may have overlooked the most serious addiction, and that is man's addiction to pussy. Pussy is the ultimate drug and it can really screw a fellow up, but good.

Solar Hero said...

For one thing, Xanax, 44 million prescriptions, but there is no way each prescription=one consumer. I know kids, housewives, executives who munch the stuff like candy. I'll bet legitimate users are 1/3 the number, the rest are sold on the grey/black market. But 20 million cannabis users for sure.

And what the hell? My ancestors drank ale/beer all day long (you can add Sage to it to get a speedy-rush). I think the chorus of "we have a problem," is really just people waking up to the fact that this is what humans do.