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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 1, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22581.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22581

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Title Houstonian 1989
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Drugs aren't the problem! Those abusing drugs are! LSD, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Alcohol. They're all drugs. They've been used and abused by mankind for centuries. Yet, today, drugs are burdening society like never before. The drugs haven't changed. What has changed is the availability of the drugs and the decisions made by those to whom the drugs are available. There are two solutions: to limit the availability or to change the decisions made by society. Joe, 30, started drinking in high school. Years ago, he had been a commode-hugging drunk, but now prefers to be sober, drinking a glass of wine at dinner and setting limits at parties. His family life and work life remain unaffected by alcohol. Joe controls alcohol. Bob, 30, started drinking in high school. Every evening after work (if he made it to work), he visits the local bar with his buddies before going home. Many drinks later, he leaves — sometimes to have a wreck, usually to make it home alright. He has lost three jobs due to absenteeism and has been responsible for injuring a woman and her three- year-old daughter while driving himself home one night. Alcohol controls Bob. The alcohol that Bob drinks is in no way different from the alcohol that Joe drinks. The difference is the way in which it is used. LSD, Heroin, Cocaine, Marjuana, Alcohol. They are all different. Which can be controlled by a person? Where do we draw the line? If Joe lived during Prohibition, he would have not been able to think and decide for himself regarding alcohol use. Bob would have bought it from a moonshiner or speak-easy. Drugs will always be around. As long as money is involved,there will always be drugs dealers. It's a law of supply and demand. As the supply of drugs is decreased through crack-downs and "War on Drugs", the prices increase. As the prices increase, so do the number of dealers wanting to make a fast buck. We don't have a problem with drugs. Our society is a teenager. Growing from child hood of being sheltered from drugs into an age of curiosity — an age of wanting to see and think and decide for ourselves. It is easy to "Just Say No' when tempted by others, but it is not easy when tempted by our own curiosity. Abstinence alone should not be taught — good decision making should be taught. This usually takes more than a hug. The good decision may be to abstain, it may be to limit. Bad decisions will be made, using it too much when it should be used a little, and using it when it should not be used at all. Bad decisions are part ci learning. But unlike Bob, mistakes must be fol lowed by growth. Poor decisions bring hurt — sometimes death. The key is learning while minimizing pain. Solutions: debates, panel discussions, town meetings, and national programs preaching zero=tolerance, hugs, border patrols, legalizations and "Just Say No". Which is the answer? Legalization may bring an end to the violence involved with the economics of drug dealing, but will not bring an immediate cure for poor decisior - making abilities. In order to bring good decision-making, education is necessary. Furthermore, there must be changes in our a ready burdened legal system. People must be held responsible for decisions. If one is not accountable for bad decision, there not pain — without pain, there is no learning. We would not understand "hot" without touching the stove. In order to learn, one has to be allowed to make mistakes, but not at the expense of others. Our Constitution was created to insure personal liberties and to protect personal rights. When pe^ sonal liberties associated with decision-making infringe on the personal rights of other, the guilty must be held responsible and accountable. The individual must be held accountable for th e results of his decisions. Jack gets high. He needs money for his next fix He steals a car. Would a drug sentence affective!} punish Jack for a bad decision? 306 ■ Issues