The Age Of Apathy Essay

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The Age of Apathy
The period for 1926-1964 is notable for its distinctive inactivity and apathy, all of the key developments implemented during this time were concurrent with international treaties, and none were owing to domestic substance misuse issues (Mott and Bean 1998:39). In 1961, the initial Brain Committee, an interdepartmental entity established with the intention of investigating the use of illicit drugs, found the British drug problem was of little concern and in 1958 there were as little as 58 known addicts, none of them under the age of 20, meaning that the majority were quite long-standing, but fortuitously were able to receive prescription thanks to the British system (Barton, 2003). The responsibility for developing international drug control treaties transferred in 1964; from the defunct League of Nations to the United Nations. These developments were extended in order to control of alkaloids of opium and cocaine in addition to cannabis control measures generated during this time. The circumstances in the beginning of the 1960’s are understood by many to be a facilitator for many of the problems society faces today, as the apathy previously showcased was about to dissipate in the face of changing culture, expansion of mass-transit and communication and re-emergence of the ‘luxurious’ drug usage, corresponding with a wealth increase in the country. (James and Raine, 1998)

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