Over the last half-century, there have been many riots in cities. During the mid- to late 1960s, protests and riots broke out in many urban areas, and this trend has occurred on and off since then. Lack of economic opportunities, an increase in poverty, and lower levels of employment and education have contributed to these riots. Recently, concerns of police brutality have also fueled these incidents.
Another growing trend is the rise of scams. More and more people have become targets of various scams, such as false reports of IRS threats, false communication from a bank or credit card company, or false reports of endangerment or abduction of family members. New and more sophisticated forms of technology have made these actions possible. Through the use of computers and the increased ease of contacting people quickly by email or by phone, more people have fallen prey to these schemes. Many of the forms of communication actually look as if they are coming from a bank, the IRS, or a computer company such as Apple. Many people don’t know how to respond when presented with a threatening situation and believe these false events are actually occurring.
The use of illegal drugs has also increased significantly. Today, the opioid crisis has placed many people in danger. As more people have become addicted to painkillers or have used very addicting drugs such as heroin, the death rate from overdosing is on the rise. People also used illegal drugs such as cocaine throughout the last fifty years. The increased availability of these drugs and the desire to experiment with some of them has led to an increased dependency on these drugs.