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
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 -
In order to bring good decision-making, education
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
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?
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