Cocaine Fuels Globalization

GERMANY - Cocaine addiction is becoming epidemic in Germany, and police blame the US drug interdiction program for driving the drug trade into Europe. Germany sociologist Gunther Amendt, however, blames globalization and calls cocaine "the fuel for the so-called new economy, the World Wide Web society." According to Ament, "The excessive demands on our imagination, our emotions, and our sense of responsibilities have boosted the widespread craving for... cocaine."

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