Today, both legal and illegal substances are plaguing the streets of America. For far too long, we have created a public misunderstanding of drug use that has led us to the point we are at now. Over time our government and educators have conditioned society to believe illegal drugs are our enemy, while legal drugs can be controlled honestly and whole-heartedly. This has unfortunately been driven by our media through advertising and editorializing. The result is that today, it seems like more people are suffering and dying from legal drugs than illegal drugs. So again, the question is “Where do we go from here?”
I grew up listening to drug-free seminars/programs like many children did in the United States. These gave me the perspective that recreational drug use was extremely dangerous to my health. Our educators were telling us that if you smoke a blunt soon you would be doing Heroin. As I grew up, I started recognizing obvious flaws in the system (much like everyone eventually does through experience in America). Some illegal drugs (i.e. Marijuana), have minimal evidence of damaging your health and, in fact, in many cases can be beneficial to your health. On the other hand, legal drugs like Hydrocodone, Oxycontin and even Codeine have become rampant killers. It seems to me, people are starting to understand the threat more and more, but why has it taken so long.
It seems for years our leadership has been hypocritical when it came to talking to us about drugs. While many people might freak out if they uncovered the truth about our government and media, I viewed it similar to a parent being over-protective of its child. Obviously, what they were stating about illegal drugs was not the overall truth, but there must have been a reason to lie all these years, right? Maybe they didn’t believe the public was capable or mature enough to handle and manage the drugs. So instead of entrusting the public with responsibility, they decided to punish the public through ignorance. Instead of legalizing illegal drugs, the government continues to imprison minor drug users. The government also believed the only ones responsible enough to give out opiates would be the medical specialists of the nation.
Entrusting legal (and illegal, e.g., medial marijuana) drug regulations wholly to medical physicians is the best decision to make, isn’t it? Well that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case. Through basic observations, (it is obvious) even the medical specialists cannot be fully trusted. It seems everyone I know has a medical marijuana card. And, much more critically, I have seen friends of mine get addicted to prescribed opiate medications. Although the medications were damaging their mental and physical health, the doctors were continuing to feed the addiction. All I could ever do was watch as my friends deteriorated from the beautiful people they once were. Instead, they morphed into an opiate addicted zombie state. As the addiction kicks in, life for the user feels dark with no hope in sight. This inevitable feeling cues a natural question for the addict to ask his/her self. “Is my life worth it?”.
Reality will not get better until you remove yourself from the drug reality. Regardless if you are overusing illegal or legal drugs, you must return to a sober state of mind. To remove yourself from the drug reality, one must feel their life is worth living. If not (or if they refuse to make a choice), the drug will naturally pull the trigger the addict can’t pull for themselves.
Drugs, in a way, are much like humans. Both can help and both can hurt. But most of all, they both can be understood through further research, experience, and moderation of usage. Moderation being instilled in an honest and open government is a whole hell of a lot better than what our country is dealing with now. If you are an abusive drug user, remember there is a better life out there for you. So, come back and join us in reality. We miss you my brother and sister. The older generations need our help more now than ever to improve our world! How can you help our generation save this reality while you’re being stuck in another?