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9th Nov '16 5:28:42 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', the Nymphs used vast amounts of drugs to erase unpleasant memories and otherwise ensure that life ran smoothly in a culture of {{Extreme Omnisexual}}s and hedonists. While it was enforced by the Nymph Queens -- those who resisted were sent into cryogenic sleep to await an age more palatable to them, or if necessary, killed -- it was also accepted by the Nymphs. Soldiers would drink it to prevent the memory of battles disturbing their peace.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', the Nymphs used vast amounts of drugs to erase unpleasant memories and otherwise ensure that life ran smoothly in a culture of {{Extreme Omnisexual}}s and hedonists. While it was enforced by the Nymph Queens -- those who resisted were sent into cryogenic sleep to await an age more palatable to them, or if necessary, killed -- it was also accepted by the Nymphs. Soldiers would drink it to prevent the memory of battles disturbing their peace.
29th Oct '16 12:46:11 AM AgProv
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* A ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic by Creator/AAPessimal, in which the angel and the demon seek to spread the word through rock and pop music, had to be taken down from FFN as it contravened the "[[RealPersonFic no real people]]" rule. Not being able to work out how to do it ''without'' referring to real people, the story ''All The Best tunes?'' [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/769628/chapters/1444071 was migrated to A03]]. A sub-plot (in a tale where the association of rock music and mind-enhancing substances is freely referred to) deals with Pestilence making one last disease before retiring; he, his sucessor Pollution, and War conspire in the most effective way to introduce AIDS to the world. War points out that if everyone ''thinks'' the US Gov't created it in a lab somewhere and are wantonly dumping it in various countries around the world, it will enhance the levels of suspicion and mutual hatred sloshing around, in a way most suited to her purposes. Crowley is suitably appalled.
29th Oct '16 12:37:51 AM AgProv
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* This trope lead to at least two epidemic diseases in human history to go extinct. Small pox used to ravage cities. Now it can only be found in laboratories and in vaccines.

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* This trope lead to at least two epidemic diseases in human history to go extinct. Small pox used to ravage cities. Now it can only be found in laboratories and in vaccines. Leading to [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories speculation about AIDS having been created in government labs as a replacement for smallpox]] and nefariously introduced to Africa/bath-houses in San Francisco as a nefarious means of eliminating black people/godless America-hating gays.
20th Oct '16 9:13:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Amusingly, during the SecondSinoJapaneseWar three Guomindang-aligned warlord-run regional governments ran official provincial Drug Monopolies and the other five tried to crack down on the trade (or was it the other way around?). This was because the Guomindang had teetered on the edge of total bankruptcy for about two years (1940-42) as the Soviets withdrew their economic and military aid, forcing them to basically give up all the taxation and administration and conscription duties to the provincial warlords in order to cut their spending (this resulting in dramatically increased taxation and corruption). This desperate measure allowed them to survive for a time, but would have resulted in total collapse by the end of 1943 if it weren't for barely-adequate American loans which kept the central government afloat until the war's end.

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* Amusingly, during the SecondSinoJapaneseWar UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar three Guomindang-aligned warlord-run regional governments ran official provincial Drug Monopolies and the other five tried to crack down on the trade (or was it the other way around?). This was because the Guomindang had teetered on the edge of total bankruptcy for about two years (1940-42) as the Soviets withdrew their economic and military aid, forcing them to basically give up all the taxation and administration and conscription duties to the provincial warlords in order to cut their spending (this resulting in dramatically increased taxation and corruption). This desperate measure allowed them to survive for a time, but would have resulted in total collapse by the end of 1943 if it weren't for barely-adequate American loans which kept the central government afloat until the war's end.
20th Aug '16 2:58:43 PM BiffJr
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* Fluoridation of public water sources, intended to prevent dental cavities in the population. Some people get ''really'' twitchy about this one -- in particular, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_Society John Birch Society]] was famously upset by it back in TheSixties, which was parodied with [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]] in ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
20th Aug '16 2:57:18 PM BiffJr
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* If vitamins and vaccines could be considered drugs, then shortly after their discovery, most developed countries made at least made some efforts to subsidize them and encourage their citizens to take them. This included vitamin-enriched food (Vitamin-D rich milk products and Vitamin B fortified bread for example) to counter some nutritional deficit, and government programs to ensure their citizens (particularly children and international tourists) were vaccinated against polio, chicken pox, etc.
6th Aug '16 3:57:55 PM valar55
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* This backfires on the Chantry in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', when part of the Templar order goes rogue and takes Red Lyrium out of desperation, making them insane and giving them super-powers.

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* ** This backfires on the Chantry in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', when part of the Templar order goes rogue and takes Red Lyrium out of desperation, making them insane and giving them super-powers.
5th Jul '16 9:34:01 PM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'', the people of Wellington Wells all take a FantasticDrug called Joy so they can forget about [[NoodleIncident the Very Bad Thing]]. The sad folks who are immune to Joy, Wastrels, are exiled from the town and forced to fend for themselves in the ruins of the Garden District. As for those who ''deliberately'' refuse to take Joy (like the player characters), they're Downers, and the good citizens of Wellington Wells don't like Downers...

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* In ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'', the people of Wellington Wells all take a FantasticDrug called Joy so they can forget about [[NoodleIncident the Very Bad Thing]]. The sad folks who are immune to Joy, Wastrels, are exiled from the town and forced to fend for themselves in the ruins of the Garden District. As for those who ''deliberately'' refuse to take Joy (like the player characters), character, Arthur Hastings), they're Downers, and the good citizens of Wellington Wells don't like Downers...
30th Jun '16 8:19:38 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A World Called Maanerek", the Hegemony uses this freely on "units".

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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A World Called Maanerek", "Literature/AWorldCalledMaanerek", the Hegemony uses this freely on "units".
2nd Jun '16 8:01:22 PM PaulA
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* ''Homeworld'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The upper-class protagonist is initially surprised at the idea that the proles might be rebellious, as the government lets them have all the drugs and booze they want.

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* ''Homeworld'' ''Literature/{{Homeworld}}'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. The upper-class protagonist is initially surprised at the idea that the proles might be rebellious, as the government lets them have all the drugs and booze they want.
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