Unclear as Crystal

Drug Cultures in America


American Images

Mass Incarceration in the United States

America has 5% of the world's population, 25% of the world's inmates. They are fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, sisters, wives. They are people, not statistics. They are members of our community. So much for the land of the free.  How... Continue Reading →


The Cost of MDMA and Ecstacy

As the War on Drugs has cracked down for several generations, yet a visible, colorful, and animated drug-centered economy is on the rise. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre has exploded into a $20 billion industry, according to Toronto Life.... Continue Reading →

Heroin, Cocaine, and the “choice” to use

Why do people use drugs? Why do people continue to use drugs?  For such a simple question, the answer is far from straightforward, even in the context of a single drug. Take heroin as a case study. The use and... Continue Reading →

Sports and Doping in America

It's old news that Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories between 1999 and 2005 following a team-wide doping scandal. The significance of this case goes beyond a seven-time Tour de France victor being required to forfeit... Continue Reading →

Prescribing Perfect and the Drive to Take Drugs

"The ubiquity of drug use is so striking that it must represent a basic human appetite" - Andrew Weil, The Natural Mind: A New Way of Looking at Drugs and Higher Consciousness From cough syrup to cocaine and coffee to oxycontin,... Continue Reading →

LSD: Othering A Drug of Privilege

Drugs that do not fit in with the "American way of life" are distanced from the normative image of productive America. Drugs that are perceived to fit in with a work-hard-play-hard mentality and allow users to be productive members of... Continue Reading →

The hidden Femme Fatales of Film Noir

Out of the Past, a classic Film Noir from 1947, offers viewers a trip to the past with an alluring femme fatale, a detective caught in her web, and an over-abundance of cigarettes. Out of the Past's Kathie Moffat, heralded as a quintessential... Continue Reading →

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