History Main / GovernmentDrugEnforcement

17th Sep '17 2:24:44 AM JackG
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** In the pilot, the Federation's food and water supplies are laced with "emotional suppressants." The rebel approaching Blake insists he eat or drink nothing for three days to get them out of his system.
** The [[ReligionOfEvil cult on Cygnus Alpha]] used a fake medicine against a supposed horrific plague (actually a minor environmental poison that cleared itself within days) in place of communion wafers, to keep the cultists in line.
** In Season 4, the Federation is able to reconquer their VestigialEmpire thanks to a drug called Pylene-50 that blocks the production of adrenaline.

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** In the pilot, the Federation's food and water supplies are laced with "emotional suppressants." suppressants". The rebel approaching Blake insists he eat or drink nothing for three days to get them out of his system.
** The [[ReligionOfEvil [[ScamReligion cult on Cygnus Alpha]] used a fake medicine against a supposed horrific plague (actually a minor environmental poison that cleared itself within days) in place of communion wafers, to keep the cultists in line.
** In Season 4, the Federation is able to reconquer their VestigialEmpire thanks to a drug called Pylene-50 that blocks the production of adrenaline. The penultimate episode opens with a shocking scene where drugged citizens move listlessly on elevators while CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker tells them, "You are cared for. You are loved." The [[MoodDissonance voice continues]] even when the Federation soldiers get bored and start gunning down people for kicks.
31st Aug '17 8:17:18 PM PaulA
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* Creator/JonathanLethem's ''Gun, with Occasional Music'', a futuristic FilmNoir-style story, tells us about a world where the population takes a variety of state-supplied drugs like Forgetol, Acceptol and Regretol (collectively called "Make") to get them through the day. Originally, there were many different varieties of drugs that produced pleasurable effects; which individuals could blend as they wanted. Their use was optional, not mandatory. After [[TimeSkip six years in cryogenic sleep]], the protagonist wakes up to a world in which the government mandated the use of a single drug, which dulled the mind and disrupted memory.

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* Creator/JonathanLethem's ''Gun, with Occasional Music'', ''Literature/GunWithOccasionalMusic'', a futuristic FilmNoir-style story, tells us about a world where the population takes a variety of state-supplied drugs like Forgetol, Acceptol and Regretol (collectively called "Make") to get them through the day. Originally, there were many different varieties of drugs that produced pleasurable effects; which individuals could blend as they wanted. Their use was optional, not mandatory. After [[TimeSkip six years in cryogenic sleep]], the protagonist wakes up to a world in which the government mandated the use of a single drug, which dulled the mind and disrupted memory.
22nd Aug '17 6:10:37 PM Sollers
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* A book called ''[[https://www.amazon.com/Blitzed-Drugs-Third-Norman-Ohler/dp/1328663795 Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich]]'' was released in German in 2015 and translated into English in 2017, and it details how the government of /NaziGermany used to require their soldiers to take methamphetamines (then called Pervitin). The drugs enabled the Wehrmacht to go [[AddictionPowered days without rest]] and helped make the Blitzkrieg possible. And if that wasn't enough, Pervitin was sold over the counter and large swaths of Germans were {{Functional Addict}}s -- the drug was even advertised the same way antidepressants are today. Some physicians and scientists tried to publicize the negative side effects of so much meth, [[GovernmentConspiracy but that information was suppressed]].
9th Aug '17 5:07:16 AM JackG
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** In Season 4, the Federation is able to reconquer their VestigialEmpire thanks to a drug called Pylene-50 that blocks the production of adrenaline.
29th Jul '17 7:40:21 AM zarpaulus
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* Since the 1.5 update of ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', you may decide to drug one or more species to the gills, maximizing their happiness but making them pretty much useless for any job. Perfect for a decadent master race relying on its slaves to do the real work!

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* Since the 1.5 update of ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', you may decide to drug one or more species to the gills, maximizing their happiness but making them pretty much useless for any job. Perfect for a decadent master race relying on its slaves to do the real work!work! Or for getting rid of some filthy Xenos "humanely".[[note]]The [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide Purge]] method with the lowest diplomatic penalty is neutering, which takes a long time to complete and carries a risk of rebellion if they're not kept happy, with drugs for instance.[[/note]]
3rd Jul '17 10:43:47 PM Troperr2016
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The galactic federation, after invading Earth in the season 2 finale forced humanity into a twisted form of wage slavery where they forced many adults into a federation related job through giving them "complimentary" pills, which actually puts them in debt as that was done to Jerry. In addition all Earth federation jobs only paid people in pills despite the federation having its own currency. Its unknown what these pills actually do but its implied that the pills are used to prevent people from questioning the federation through putting them in a drug induced state and its suggested that this practice had been done towards numerous alien species as well. This continued until Rick destroyed the Galactic Federation by rendering its currency worthless.
20th Apr '17 8:51:11 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' "Just Say Yes" -- On one of the PlanetOfHats alternate worlds they visit, the U.S. government mandates drug use, and the alternate Quinn Mallory is a leader of the anti-drug resistance. The [[ForWantOfANail reason for this]] was UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud accidentally discovering the pharmaceutical properties of lithium, which he so enjoyed that he became a biochemist instead of a psychologist. All people (in US, at least) have implants in their arms that allow for direct intravenous injections without risk of infection. Using syringes is seen as barbaric. The police make sure everyone stays tranquil and happy. If someone acts out, they shoot them... with a narcotic dart.

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' "Just Say Yes" -- On one of the PlanetOfHats alternate worlds they visit, the U.S. government mandates drug use, and the alternate Quinn Mallory is a leader of the anti-drug resistance. The [[ForWantOfANail reason for this]] was UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud accidentally discovering the pharmaceutical properties of lithium, which he so enjoyed that he became a biochemist instead of a psychologist. All people (in the US, at least) have implants in their arms that allow for direct intravenous injections without risk of infection. Using syringes is seen as barbaric. The police make sure everyone stays tranquil and happy. If someone acts out, they shoot them... with a narcotic dart.



* Where government-run mental health care is available, the dangerously, clinically, non-functionally insane (true or not) tend to be given drug regimes in the hopes of managing their illness. Since they ''are'' insane, their consent (or awareness) about this is moot.
* The military examples above are TruthInTelevision up to a point; aircrew are permitted to take dextroamphetamine in order to maintain their alertness if it's necessary to exceed peacetime limitations on how long they can remain at the controls without rest, as well as tranquillizers to help them come down from the high once their mission is complete. This is strictly voluntary except in the very gravest emergency scenarios, however, and many pilots choose to take their chances with the dangers of fatigue.

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* Where government-run mental health care is available, the dangerously, clinically, non-functionally insane (true or not) tend to be given drug regimes in the hopes of managing their illness. Since they ''are'' insane, their consent (or awareness) about this is moot.
moot. Many of them basically live out their entire time on medication, with little to no awareness of what's around.
* The military examples above are TruthInTelevision up to a point; aircrew are permitted to take dextroamphetamine in order to maintain their alertness if it's necessary to exceed peacetime limitations on how long they can remain at the controls without rest, as well as tranquillizers tranquilizers to help them come down from the high once their mission is complete. This is strictly voluntary except in the very gravest emergency scenarios, however, and many pilots choose to take their chances with the dangers of fatigue.



* Despite the ban on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs during the Olympics and such, there are occasional (true or false) accusations of drug use. That top level athletes under government sponsorship (and scrutiny) can get drugs lead some to suspect it was the government themselves (or a suitably plausible deniable agent) who give the athletes drugs.

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* Despite the ban on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs during the Olympics and such, there are occasional (true or false) accusations of drug use. That top level athletes under government sponsorship (and scrutiny) can get drugs lead leads some to suspect it was the government themselves (or a suitably plausible plausibly deniable agent) who give the athletes drugs.



** From 1953-1973, the CIA were engaged in a program known as MKULTRA in which experimental psychoactive agents (among other forms of psychological manipulation) were secretly tested on unsuspecting citizens in the hopes of creating a {{truth serum|s}} or a mind control weapon. It was a near-total failure, however (at least, [[ParanoiaFuel as far as we know]]), its main effect being the popularization of LSD as a recreational drug; towards the end of the program's life, CIA agents were dosing each other and holding private LSD parties, which resulted in the death of one agent.
* The two Opium Wars (1839-1842, 1856-1860) that the British and French fought with Qing China can be considered as manifestations of this. In the 18th and 19th Century, European and American appetite for Chinese goods grew insatiable, especially for tea, silk, and porcelain, but the Chinese bought almost nothing in return, only taking silver for payment. The constant drain of East India Company silver into China was seriously affecting the company's finances, so the company finally took note of the only major good that southern Chinese traders bought from Malacca (where Indian Muslim traders had shipped it from Bengal) and shipped back to mainland China: opium. Opium was grown domesitcally in the foothills of the Himalayas, but much like Chinese tobbaco Chinese opium was also regarded as inferior and low-class - whether due to soil quality or the breeds imported, who knows. 'Luxury-quality' imported opium and tobacco made its way into the Chinese interior via a mindbogglingly complex network of middlemen and smugglers because the Qing government (notorious hedonism-haters) had banned both as soon as they heard about them. When the Qing government tried to crack down opium (most notably when Lin Zexu, the Governor of the Canton district, confiscated and burned about 1.2 thousand tons of opium without compensation on the beaches of Humen in 1839), the British and French curb-stomped them in two hilariously lop-sided wars to keep the opium trade open, gaining the concession of Hong Kong and Shanghai as ports for off-loading of opium and forcing the Qing from to adopt a European-style laissez-faire attitude to all drug use (most European countries not banning domestic recreational drug use until the early-to-mid 20th century). China didn't curb back opium use until the 1950s, five wars and two regime changes later - though the trade had dried up as early as the 1890s as cheap domestic production (chiefly in Sichuan province) made it unprofitable. And as anyone who's been there can tell you, they still love their tobacco.
* Amusingly, during the 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.
* 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.

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** From 1953-1973, the CIA were engaged in a program known as MKULTRA in which experimental psychoactive agents (among other forms of psychological manipulation) were secretly tested on unsuspecting citizens in the hopes of creating a {{truth serum|s}} or a mind control weapon. It was a near-total failure, however (at least, [[ParanoiaFuel as far as we know]]), its main effect being the popularization of LSD as a recreational drug; towards the end of the program's life, CIA agents were dosing each other and holding private LSD parties, which resulted in the death of one agent.
agent when he threw himself out a window while in a hallucinatory fit.
* The two Opium Wars (1839-1842, 1856-1860) that the British and French fought with Qing China can be considered as manifestations of this. In the 18th and 19th Century, European and American appetite for Chinese goods grew insatiable, especially for tea, silk, and porcelain, but the Chinese bought almost nothing in return, only taking silver for payment. The constant drain of East India Company silver into China was seriously affecting the company's finances, so the company finally took note of the only major good that southern Chinese traders bought from Malacca (where Indian Muslim traders had shipped it from Bengal) and shipped back to mainland China: opium. Opium was grown domesitcally domestically in the foothills of the Himalayas, but much like Chinese tobbaco tobacco Chinese opium was also regarded as inferior and low-class - whether due to soil quality or the breeds imported, who knows. 'Luxury-quality' imported opium and tobacco made its way into the Chinese interior via a mindbogglingly complex network of middlemen and smugglers because the Qing government (notorious hedonism-haters) had banned both as soon as they heard about them. When the Qing government tried to crack down opium down onopium (most notably when Lin Zexu, the Governor of the Canton district, confiscated and burned about 1.2 thousand tons of opium without compensation on the beaches of Humen in 1839), the British and French curb-stomped them in two hilariously lop-sided wars to keep the opium trade open, gaining the concession of Hong Kong and Shanghai as ports for off-loading of opium and forcing the Qing from to adopt a European-style laissez-faire attitude to all drug use (most European countries not banning domestic recreational drug use until the early-to-mid 20th century). China didn't curb back opium use until the 1950s, five wars and two regime changes later - though the trade had dried up as early as the 1890s as cheap domestic production (chiefly in Sichuan province) made it unprofitable. And as anyone who's been there can tell you, they still love their tobacco.
* Amusingly, during the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar three Guomindang-aligned warlord-run regional governments ran official provincial Drug Monopolies 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.
* This trope lead led 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 people/sinful promiscuous gays.
20th Apr '17 8:22:26 PM Fireblood
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** A much better example from the same book is when the main character visits his mother early in the war (Roughly 30 years has passed since he left due to relativistic effects.) His brother, who lives on Luna, tells him not to smoke his mother's pot ration, because Earth pot is drugged.

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** A much better example from the same book is when the main character visits his mother early in the war (Roughly (roughly 30 years has passed since he left due to relativistic effects.) His brother, who lives on Luna, tells him not to smoke his mother's pot ration, because Earth pot is drugged.
20th Apr '17 8:19:45 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/WildInTheStreets'', the first teenage president forces all the grown-ups into concentration camps and fed LSD.

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* In ''Film/WildInTheStreets'', ''Wild In The Streets'', the first teenage president forces all the grown-ups into concentration camps and fed to take LSD.
20th Apr '17 8:18:37 PM Fireblood
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** The movie ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' features the alien Son'a, who want to take over a peaceful planet in order to use its naturally-occurring radiation as a mandatory life-extending drug for their own population.

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** * The movie ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' features the alien Son'a, who want to take over a peaceful planet in order to use its naturally-occurring radiation as a mandatory life-extending drug for their own population.
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