I think we deteriorated because people have NOT had to fight for their freedom for so many generations, that as a whole, the nation no longer appreciates it. Lack of work ethic, not respecting your elders, not taking education seriously, not valuing a stable family environment, those are the reasons we have declined. It has little to do with outlawing pot and heroin.
Who is going to pay for the rehab, and the welfare for that widow the OD'd addict's kids?
Who pays for that?