The Trend Of The American Hippie Movement

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Introduction

The major trend of the American hippie movement from the 1960s had a major influence on the way New Zealand used drugs and how international trends still influence drug use today. Drug use patterns in New Zealand are very similar to other countries in the western world but also shows how some popular trends of ‘Hard Drugs’ did not become a huge problem due to the isolation of New Zealand and how hard it was to bring in illegal drugs such as heroin. How international trends and ideals reach New Zealand show how easy it is to influence a large percentage of a population to try drugs, legal or not. The ideals of rebellion highlights the use of drugs because of the moral values and rules set by mainstream society and the government. It is and was an easy way to reject mainstream rules if you didn’t want to live by them. The 1960s created a culture of mass following that rejected mainstream life and rules that promoted peace and love making the use of drugs morally okay because that is what they believed. As society moved on from hippie culture it introduced drugs that were highly addictive and dangerous, in comparison to the drugs that were widely used in the 60s and early 70s LSD and Marijuana have been the safest drugs to use. Popular culture that grew in the 70s and 80s were punk and rock that are easily recognised with being linked to drugs. Rebellious ideals became popular as it went against mainstream society but also made a ‘bad guy’ seem cool. This
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