What major social problem(s) did Nixon link illicit drug use to and why? What did he gain from making this link?
President Nixon correctly linked drug abuse to a wide array of severe disciplinary problems, not just in the military, but in all other areas of life that require quick thinking, accurate problem solving, and good judgment.
The Callas Report identified 29 major disciplinary problems associated with marijuana, opiate, amphetamine, hallucinogen, and barbiturate abuse. These problems werre all extremely serious, and easily preventable.
Department of Transportation studies from 1962-2012 document the incidence of traffic fatalities and accidents according to the drugs the drivers were abusing and their specific effects.
National Institute of Health and Surgeon General offices cagtalogued the effect of every known psychoactive drug, much of which is truly unnerving.
DOD studies from 1949-2012 confirm that certain drugs have such a marked effect on one's judgment, memory, and cognition, that persons who have abused some drugs, even in their youth, are not to be trusted with special weapons.
The Armed Forces Nuclear Personnel Reliability Program conducted detailed studies concerning the correctness of judgment between those who had abused such as marijuana within fifteen years and those who had never abused it, resulting in the need to exclude all who have abused it from having any access to special weapons or their deployment.
These were detailed and quantified factor studies that were intended to clear individuals who had abused illegal drugs as children, only to find that even such use rendered their judgment highly questionable.
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