Five Decades of Drug Use

A bit more than fifty five years ago this coming month, some one hundred twelve drug abusers were taken from New York City jail cells and moved to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital to be examined and classified in descriptions ranging from social to motivational, psychiatric and pharmacologic. America was about to start learning about types of Americans who, because of drugs or personality differences, did not fit the normal American norm – love of country, patriotic, hard-working, family oriented, nose to the grindstone. These kids were different! Heroin users were a growing category, it was established. Known generally as hopheads, or worse, their members were generally psychopathic and, as a quickly-growing sub-group, were by themselves costing the city some $10 million a day in crimes they committed to support their drug habit. Continue reading Five Decades of Drug Use