Less Sleep, More Heroin: The American Dream

According to the CDC, heroin use is on the rise in the US, especially among white people. This statistic will no doubt be almost completely ignored—as we instead discuss vague global threats and how we can “grow the economy”—but it really calls into question most of modern America’s foundational myths about progress—let alone America’s myths about the War on Drugs, which is going swell.

I thought that with more machines, more leisure industries, and more “opportunities” in the service sector, we should see less drug use, not more (especially with a drug like heroin, which has huge risks when compared to marijuana, which is simply an edible plant), because people should be oh-so happy with their personal computers and internet watches and Amazon drones. Taking up heroin seems to be an endeavor chosen by a depressed, desperate person (correct me if I’m wrong), and the rise in heroin use would, to me (again, correct me if I’m wrong), indicate that people are unhappy with the current state of affairs.

Maybe the drug use is tied to our lack of good sleep (which is caused by glowing screens, apparently):

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared lack of sleep “a public health epidemic,” linking it to car crashes, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. See also: chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity.


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