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History of Drugs in America

History of Drugs in America

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History of Drugs in America Statistics

By the Numbers

Per capita consumption of coffee in the US in 1830: 3 pounds
...in 1850: 5.5 pounds
...in 1859: 8 pounds
...in 1900: 12 pounds
...in 1939: 14 pounds
...in 1941: 16.5 pounds
...in 1946: 19.8 pounds
...in 1999: 10 pounds1

Colonial Virginia's tobacco production in 1618: 20,000 pounds
...in 1622: 60,000 pounds
...in 1627: 500,000 pounds
...in 1630: 1.5 million pounds2

Cigarettes consumed in America in 1875: 42 million
...in 1880: 500 million
...in 1889: 2.2 billion
...in 1920: 100 billion
...in 1980: 630 billion
...in 2000: 415 billion3

American deaths from lung cancer in 1933: 2357
...in 1940: 7121
...in 1956: 29,0004

Number of inmates in federal prisons in 1970, at the outset of the "War on Drugs": 300,000
Number of inmates in federal prisons in 2000: 1 million
Number of inmates in federal prisons on drug-related charges in 2000: 500,0005

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