Monday, September 10, 2007

The Drug Revolution

Three decades after hippies feeling no pain encouraged Americans to drop out, smoke dope, take acid, get high, and feel groovy, the drug scene has taken a definite turn for the worse. Heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, and alcohol abuse have ruined millions of lives.

Along with the steady stream of overdoses which arrive in Emergency Rooms from coast to coast, a new language has been built upon the nicknames for street drugs. Periodic checks with the police and local crisis centers can do wonders to update and expand a physician's vocabulary. Terms like "angel dust," "horse," and "smack" now seem downright antiquated.

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