Why don’t more people look for a natural high? Alcohol and drug abuse are costing the country money and lives. Estimates quoted in AMA MorningRounds indicate that 79, 000 people die in this country each year related to binge alcohol drinking. Binge drinking cost society nearly $224 billion in 2006. And society is increasingly supporting marijuana use legalization. About 50% of Americans favor legalizing pot. Believe it or not, in 1969 only about 12% of Americans favored it.
There are probably many motivations for the apparently endless search for mind-altering chemicals. Some people could be self-medicating mood and other psychiatric disorders. Some young people are experimenting and struggling to define themselves on their own terms or fit in socially. Others may be genetically predisposed to addictions.
Can Americans get interested in a natural high? And what would forms could a healthy natural high take?